The exhibit Traces is a pictorial exploration. With the artist's daughter, who is a person of mixed race, and her friends as models, they have helped her with her technique in painting portraits by forcing her to find the appropriate color for each skin tones which goes from Caucasian white to black Chadian.
It was a journey into the world of innocence and play. First, she painted on the faces of the children and photographed them in an environment where they are naturally happy: the playground. She then asked them to make a funny grin. The silliest one they could for the whole world to see. Then, yelling as well as whispering, the children ran through the water fountains so their painted faces could drip and change colors. They laughed at each other’s faces without hiding themselves, without fear and without restraint. They enjoyed being themselves.
Paméla Desrosiers has a passion for colors. Her pictorial diversity goes from cartoon style illustrations to hyperrealism. It is during a lesson in painting that she discovered her talent for realism and fell in love with oil painting. With her themes, she likes to invite us into her private life and shares parts of it on canvas. You may view members of her family, existential questioning, as well as her state of mind at the time. Then again, you might even meet her daughter’s friends. You will get to know her world of silliness and exuberance.
This exhibit was selected especially for the Museum’s Educational Services “Amusécole”.