Interview: Geneviève Chaussé
Luca Curci talks with Geneviève Chaussé during FUTURE LANDSCAPES, 3rd appointment of BORDERS ART FAIR 2021, at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space.
Geneviève Chaussé is a contemporary artist born and based in Rawdon, Quebec, Canada in the luxurious nature of the Lanaudière region. Graduate in arts and graphic design, she was a conceptual designer and then an art director for many years. Her main artistic process is painting. She is also fond of drawing, digital art, photography, and collage, which prevails in her current approach. She is actually in the making of her first important body of work, entitled: «Bodies and Souls» a series of 12 creations. Geneviève is an intuitive multidisciplinary artist seeking the intelligence of her heart. She paints a tribute to nature, life and love; everything that transcends her energy, her soul, her spirituality sometimes with a surrealism and symbolism twist. Her paintings demonstrate vibrant colors dancing dashingly in perfect symbiosis. They are expressive and intense. A feast for the eyes often bringing joy, peace and light to the contemplative soul.
“The demonstration of love for life, oneself or the other, is the most significant element of my work. Its interpretation dominates the work and it is represented as an introspective message, a guiding light, like a reflection in a mirror with powerful energy. The visual creation of my dreams, reality and my feelings is fundamental. The souls present, the objects chosen, the place, and the space are very important and reign in my work. All together, they form a harmonious, even transcendent alliance. In my work, the essence of the statement and the visual composition is defining. The subjects and the choice of vibrant colors are accentuated and meaningful. I am interested in the human but especially the spiritual experience of the cycle of rebirths during a lifetime. Human or animal figures communicate. They are alive, inspiring and very often coexist with nature. I explore the theme of intimacy on a dreamlike, sentimental and meditative level. I want to reach the viewer in what is most sensitive and bring out latent emotions. Overall, it is an invitation to live a patient, transformative and profound experience”.
LUCA CURCI – What is art for you?
GENEVIÉVE CHAUSSÉ – Art is life. Art is part of me. It is who I am. I cannot live without art in general. It all made me the woman that I am today and it has also saved me in the difficult times of my life. If I don’t create in the studio, I create in the kitchen. These are the two areas where I am the most creative in my life and which are the most personally satisfying, with of course always good music in the background. When I am creative, I feel like I am realizing myself. I feel accomplished. In a less personal view, art is a big three-letter word. There are so many forms of artistic expression with so many creators. There are artists everywhere around us, there are so many talented people on this planet earth and I thank God for giving us this chance, this privilege of filling up our eyes, our heart and our soul. I am a sensitive person, very curious and I am easily inspired and influenced by art. I want to share with you this quote: « ART, OPENING TO THE WORLD OF YESTERDAY, TODAY AND TOMORROW»; « Art is the expression of life; like life, it is mysterious. It perpetuates the momentary in the matter. By its infinite simplicity, it touches the man of all times in his senses and in his intelligence. To understand, it requires meditation, an open mind, extreme simplicity of heart and certain technical knowledge». This text is taken from the book: « L’art et les hommes » (Art & men) Terre Nouvelle Collection, Expo 67. Written by Mr. Gaboury and Mr. Lemaire. I do not agree on the part “certain technical knowledge”. Everyone can understand art in their own way. As long as they linger on it, they will find and discover their own meaning, their own answers and satisfaction…or not.
LC – What are you currently working on?
GC – I am currently working on my first major project called “Bodies & Souls”. The work you are presenting by me right now for “Future Landscapes” titled “Perfect Balance” is the very first in this series. For this project, I create surrealist universes from an imagination where my mind and my heart meet. My art is visionary and symbolic where dreams, reality and feelings combine perfectly. Often it is a woman and a man or the feminine and masculine energy that is treated as an iconic subject. The first idea is usually autobiographical. The elements used for these works are first juxtaposed by digital collage. It is an approach which in my opinion is the most representative of the artist that I am today. It is instinctive and it is the one that prevails in my current artistic approach as a multidisciplinary visual artist. This gives me an almost immediate awareness which is ideal for not losing the spark! I like this method for its speed and ease of execution because I truly believe that it is the inspiration that finds me and not the other way around when I am fully present to receive the message of the Spirit. It is a relationship that I privilege first of all for its sweet richness, its common thread, and its constant fullness. It always gives me a message of hope and love that I interpret visually. And sometimes to my existential questions, it is an answer that the universe sends me. In this case for this body of work, I start any creation with a meticulous drawing as faithful as possible to graphite on fine art paper. Subsequently, I paint with watercolour and acrylic paint. My formats are currently very small but I aspire to paint them in large formats and possibly offer them to interesting art galleries shows. I wish to make them travel all over the world. So far, 3 creations have been made out of 12. “Levitation”, “Connection” and “Perfect Balance” who is presented for the first time ever in an exhibition and it is at the BORDERS ART FAIR 2021, «Future Landscapes” in Venice.
LC – Which is the role the artist plays in society? And contemporary art?
GC – As art is a language in itself, the artist evokes, provokes or tries to bring out sensations. He may want to tickle the brain too. It brings or offers a message which will be interpreted in a personal way to each one. Art is generally the representation of the beauty of the world. It is the food of the soul. It is alive. It touches, influences, reacts. It allows us to get to know ourselves more and to know each other as well. It inspires, it is the subject of conversations, it is truth. It can be human nature or divine. It is distinct, substantial, subjective, charming or not. Contemporary art represents the living expression of our society. Reflection of our society on a small or large scale. Art is a mirror of oneself, one’s family, one’s surroundings, one’s education, one’s experience, one’s community, one’s village or one’s city, one’s country, the planet earth and even the entire universe. It is the pulse and energy of the world.
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
GC – Actually, it is the inspiration that finds me, lol! When I’m in creative mode, I feel connected and channel the information that comes to me through the message sent to me. At least that’s how I feel and live it. Every time, it’s like getting an answer. And with my next body of work and also in connection with the ITSLIQUID experience that I’m living right now, I’m even realizing answers that I didn’t even understand when creating a body of work from the past created after the birth of my 2nd son in 2004. Answers are updated and will undoubtedly materialize in 2021 or even 2022 at the latest. This is for me a big surprise because I didn’t know myself like this before. A great inspiration, an important open-mindedness and the way of being connected with the Source arrived during the pregnancy of my 2nd son, Emile. And after this, serious events happened in my life but today I know it was only for the best. I became a very spiritual being and set out in pursuit of my destiny. So here I am.
LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
GC – I am very versatile and I also often say of myself, really unpretentiously, that I am “every woman”. Over the years, I wanted to restrict myself to a medium, a particular technique, a defined palette, a format, you know what I mean, to find a signature specific of me precisely but in the long run, it wasn’t about that and it wasn’t me. I found my answer after several years by receiving special recognition in several different categories such as acrylic paint, watercolor, digital art and photography. At that moment I said to myself, it’s good Geneviève, use all avenues of the person you are, create according to the inspiration of the moment, use the resources you have, choose the medium that speaks to you and go for it. I don’t want to put myself in a specific box or frame, always draw the same line but differently. I am and need to express myself in all ways and this is also why I describe myself as a multidisciplinary visual artist. But I realized with time that it is from digital or analog collage that I offer my visions and perceptions more artistically, true to myself and closer to my mind. I also love this aesthetic. I believe the message of my designs is big and I imagine them filling a huge showroom in the future. It would be one of my biggest dreams. Yes, my style did change and will surely change over time, my brushstroke too as I evolve, but it can also depend on the brush in my hand, the working tool I am holding. The larger brush will allow me to gesture while the very small will be useful for the more small and detailed works. I am not afraid to take on challenges, I also often create them, I like to push my limits. I have also painted murals in the past. It is always great to explore and try new things.
LC – What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this exhibition? How is it connected to the theme of the entire festival?
GC – I believe that often and most of the time the BORDERS are created by ourselves. For my part, if I dwell on the concept of the city, I am not at all affected by this urban way of life. I already lived in Montreal for a year for my studies and I also travelled a lot in very big cities of the world, including Venice. But I live completely in the opposite direction ie in the countryside. As for the creation that I proposed “Perfect Balance”, I focus more on the notion of BORDERS, between soul and spirit as well as the human being that I am in my environment. My current situation allows me to remain true to myself by staying essentially very close to nature at home in the studio with all the serenity that it gives me and by allowing my creation to travel to the most beautiful city in the world, Venice. Why not circulate, share the art and let the message (s) that it spreads flow. Being in a deep and personal approach, allows me to discover new places and extraordinary spaces “within me”. Maybe it will resonate with others as well. Believing in our dreams is very important and running after them too. We only have one life to live, let’s make the most out of it. It may seem pretty cliché but it is a friendly reminder. As a part of the art community, the art world, why not apply our imagination and our inventiveness to shape external landscapes, of course, but why not also make, model, sculpt, manufacture, cultivate internal landscapes by offering us the most beautiful horizons. For me “Future Landscapes” means a positive future where dreams come true. This is how my future landscape will be, in any case, this is how I will paint it. It is the “Perfect Balance” when the external and the internal merge together as a whole. After that, everything is possible.
LC – We were attracted by your last artistic production, has the artwork presented been created for the festival or as a part of preexisting works?
GC – My creation “Perfect Balance” was created at the beginning of the year, in March 2021 to be more precise, so exactly 3 months before Mrs. Camilla Serafini join me via email. Camilla told me that she had found me on Artwork Archive where I had just registered, a week before. She had been drawn to some of my paintings from the past. But I must admit that when I received her email to be offered the chance to exhibit in Venice, Italy, I immediately wanted to introduce “Perfect Balance” to you because of its message. There is a deeper message behind this creation and especially because it is the first in a series of 12. I am currently starting my first important body of work entitled: Body and Souls. So yes, it is a pre-existing work but it is intended to be very recent. And no, I didn’t create it exceptionally for “Future Landscapes” because I didn’t know ITSLQUID Group before and also the time would have been too short for me to create a new one, submit, get approved and ship it to the other side of the ocean. But now that I am following you, I will look very closely at all your art calls and you will probably hear from me in the future.
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
GC – I only have one word: “GRANDIOSE”. I follow you very closely every day on social media and I really appreciate what I see. You are active, present and very inspiring. I’m learning more each time and I’m thrilled. The showrooms are stunning, the interviews are super interesting, and Venice shines brightly and you are a part of it. Thank you for including me, I am so grateful.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
GC – I am sure and I deeply believe that ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists because what I feel is the ITSLIQUID «spirit» is that you are all over the world, you touch several spheres of the art world, you are reachable, professional and above all, you have a vision and a goal to always go towards your own goals by wanting to help others achieve theirs. Congratulations on this!
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
GC – Very much…and if I may, I sincerely hope to repeat the experience in the future. Again thank you all. Blessings your way!