The title ‘’Dérobée” originates from a series of drawings made in the fall of 2012. The artist returned to drawing after several months of recovery from a catastrophic birth. After two major surgeries and anesthesia, she awoke to the irrevocable fact that her daughter was not going to survive this delivery. This event changed her life. The drawings of women with their upturned dresses evoke this feeling of having been brutally handled and robbed. At the time of the surgery, they took away the most precious within her, her child, her daughter.
The whole of this exhibition is composed of paintings and sculptures. The paintings come in different formats and the medium chosen is mixed technique. They testify to her deep compassion for all women who have been robbed of their privacy, dignity, their children, their lives, here and around the world. The dress remains the garment associated with a woman.
It protects her but also exposes her, giving access to her intimacy. The textile of the dress symbolizes the thin walls of the female lair, an intimate and precious place. This place also calls for human and sensitive protection. With the sculptures she explores the life we carry inside. She believes and wants to illustrate the fact that we are made up of everything that exists on earth and even beyond.
Born in Alberta and living in Quebec since she was a teenager, the artist, Amélie Pomerleau from the town of Magog is imbued with the great northern spaces which saw her grow. Her work is contemporary and current. With an abundance of plastics, she seeks to evoke the subtle and contrasting states that describe the human experience. Imprint is a means which she favors. Her background includes extensive studies in arts, including a Bachelor's degree with a major in sculpture at Concordia University and a DEP in stonemasonry, as well as various internships and trainings with renowned professors in Quebec, Italy and France. Her influences include Roman art, statuary art and reliquaries as well as the creations and writings of artist René Derouin.
Opening reception will be held on Sunday the 11th March at 2 p.m.