In 2010, Martine Ménard graduated in Fine Arts and Art History at Concordia University in Montreal. She lives and works in the Eastern Townships, where she was born. As a member of Coatic'Art, she participated in several group exhibitions, including the Salon des artistes locaux et régionaux at the Beaulne Museum of Coaticook in 2012.
Portraits form Ménard’s major body of work, in which she explores the power and attraction of the gaze. In recent years, she has explored the face and body by using different themes in various ways: seduction, intimacy, attraction, repulsion, beauty, gentleness, and, through dint of observing people and noticing how women around her reveal their beauty. In her approach, she tries to satisfy her need to apply all means of rendering the eyes and face, but above all to stimulate the senses and emotions of the audience.
These scenes, these portraits do not exist without the presence of the viewer. The gaze does not settle on empty space, but on a person standing in front of the canvas, the women are not alone, but someone is witnessing their privacy. The dynamic that ensues between the canvas and the spectator is an important element in the pursuit of the artist’s work. The range of emotions or sensations that can affect the viewer is a mystery that intrigues and inspires Ménard in the composition of her paintings.
Intimate Moments: Mothers is an intrusion into the life of each woman whose portrait has been painted. These women have agreed to share their moment of creation, of intimacy. Each of them has created a new life, shares a unique story.
"You are invited to enter the world of motherhood, a place where women are celebrated: the woman creator of life, the pregnant woman, the mother. She is alone, we observe her. Each portrait is an intimate moment where time stops and nothing else exists apart from the mother and her baby. And behind these mothers, is none other than the mother of all, the one who gave us this earth..." emphasizes the artist.