Maryse Chartrand ‘Hommage au silence’

Hommage au silence
Maryse Chartrand
September 14 – October 19, 2017
VERNISSAGE: September 14th, 5-7pm

It took Maryse Chartrand a while to find glass.  After a 25 year career in communications and as a documentary filmmaker she took a leap of faith and registered for the three year glass course at Espace Verre, where she graduated in 2013.  Since then she has not stopped exploring and experimenting with her new medium.

Maryse Chartrand considers glass as her creative partner and herself as the explorer, who, starting with an idea is nevertheless open for any exciting discovery that this constantly moving hot mass might suggest. Her approach is that of a painter. Her paints are quantities of small glass elements, which she accumulates layer upon layer, interspersed with masses of clear glass, so that the result is three-dimensional, full of surprising details, textures, nuances. This painting lets you see through the first layer down to the underlaying strata, multiplying the ways in which it can be viewed.

In her series ‘Les flottantes’ this approach creates the impression of shapes floating in space, of weightlessness, of depth, of quiet.

In her series ‘Les libérées’ the idea of weightlessness is achieved not by the intervening clear glass, but by empty spaces in between her irregular sculpted forms.

For Chartrand, glass resolves its many contradictions – solid, fragile, fluid, immaterial – in a mysterious harmony and as such can be seen as a symbol of life itself.

Chartrand’s work is part of the collection of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec as well as many North American and European private collections.