Undercurrents of Loss
March 25 - May 14, 2017
Corinne Duchesne’s dark/light, dense/feathery works on large sheets of mylar are a profoundly suitable metaphor for the ideas with which she is preoccupied – cultural attitudes towards loss, the complicated nature of grieving, and the instability of memory. Duchesne layers her paintings the way time and experience lay over an original traumatic event. Starting from a light, spare drawing, usually of a human figure, she builds successive strata of images, symbols, ritual gestures and codes until she achieves the desired blend of opacity and transparency, occupied and unoccupied space, with barely articulated shapes next to bold sweeps of colour and form. In these powerful artworks she attempts to comment on societal attitudes towards grieving, as well as subjective experiences of loss as being mysterious, elusive, pervasive, transformative and inescapable. A particularly interesting aspect of her work is the blank spaces she chooses to leave within each piece. Juxtaposed next to her dense, layered imagery, the whiteness imparts to the paintings a sense of open-endedness, exploration and receptivity. Corinne Duchesne’s work about loss and grief is a compelling meditation on one of humankind’s most profound experiences in life.
Corinne Duchesne was born in Quebec and currently resides in Burlington, Ontario. She is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art (and Design) and she spent her final year in the College's juried Off-Campus Program in Florence Italy, studying with Tom LaPierre. An award winning artist for over 20 years, Duchesne has exhibited extensively in Canada, The United States, South Korea and Europe.