In all religions, in all civilizations as well as in myths, water is the source of life, the means of purification or regeneration, a promise of development. It represents infinity in all that is possible. It is a universal symbol of prolificacy and fertility; symbol of purity, wisdom, and grace. It is the origin, the vessel of all life. The philosopher Gaston Bachelard said about the subject: “The true eye of earth, is water in our eyes, it is the water which is dreaming.”
The artist draws paints and photographs water in many settings whereas it is solid, liquid or carbonated in order to examine its hidden essence. Her pictorial research aims to reveal the magic of this element, its movement, its excitement, its luminescence, its calligraphy, the mesmerizing aspects, evanescent, immutable and always different. She is fascinated by its elegant fluid writing, by its arabesques which summons dreams and fantasies.
The drawings, the engravings, the photographs and the paintings exhibited, all pertain to the theme of water and were created between 2009 and 2016. Madeline Deriaz is part of a fourth generation in a family of photographers from Switzerland from fathers to sons since the invention of photography. She is the first woman from this dynasty to publish and exhibit her creations.
However, her favorite medium has always been to draw. At 15 years of age, she set up her first studio in the attic of the family’s home and started to learn to draw by copying the grand masters. For her, drawing is as vital as eating and sleeping. After her education in visual arts, decorative arts and fine arts in Geneva (now a prestigious school of design), she taught the art of drawing, typography, graphic design and illustrating. She was also director of an art gallery. In November 1993, she immigrated to Quebec.
In 2000, she moved to Saint-Camille, a small community in the Townships. Since 2008, she resumed her work as an artist full time and privileges drawing, engraving and photography. While pursuing her career, she stays involved in the arts as well as the local, regional and national culture.
The grand opening will be held on Sunday the 16th of October at 2 p.m.