2015/03: Alexandra Levasseur, Body of Land

Mar 21st 2015 to Apr 11th 2015

Mirus Gallery is pleased to present Body of Land, new paintings from Alexandra Levasseur. The artist will exhibit 24 works composed of oil on panel and acrylic on canvas. In addition, two correlating animated films by Levasseur will be on view. The opening reception will be held on Saturday, March 21, from 6 to 10 PM, and will be on view through April 11, 2015.

FROM THE ARTIST:

My work portrays tormented female characters amidst landscapes that seems to be coming out of a dream. The central themes explored in my approach are love, fear, anguish and unrequited desire. I am interested in depicting both the solitude and the bipolarity of the existence of the human being, through the representation of memories. I question the relationship between physical comfort and peace of mind, and how the environment around us can affect this state of mind. Then, the word “relationship” struck me as key. The search of the “relationship” between things is what interests me. [...] I questioned the idea of relationships as the basic element of all that exists and life itself. I represented the planet earth as a single organism. Nothing is destroyed, everything is transformed.

Coming from the same perspective, my current work, entitled Body of Land, presents female figures that melt into their environment; the woman is a heroine, protector of nature. The use of different textures merging with one another is a reminder that living things and their environment are made up of the same chemical elements. With this series, my goal is the same: to illustrate the ideal relationship between humans and nature, as if it was a whole.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Alexandra Levasseur was born 1982 in Shawinigan, and now lives and works in Montreal, QC, Canada. The artist received her Bachelor in Fine Arts and Graphic Design from the University of Costa Rica in 2006, and went on to achieve Postgraduate in Creative Illustration and Visual Communication from EINA School of Art and Design, Barcelona, Spain, in 2008. Levasseur recently studied Film Animation at Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, Concordia University, Montreal. Her work has been exhibited in Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain, Costa Rica, and the United States, and has had online features by Juxtapoz Magazine, Hi-Fructose Magazine, Allure Korea, Supersonic Art, Booooooom.com, and more.