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Sandra ST-Laurent  *  NEW PAINTINGS

Some of these paintings of this collection are made on wood panels and some others are made with standard canvas. For those how are made on wooden panels, artwork is painted around a section that has previously been smashed to create a hole and an artwork has subsequently been painted around it. On the canvas paintings, the broken wood is painted as a Trompe-l'oeil, and the rest of the artwork is painted around this section. Using these two different techniques creates a sort of confusion and a fun effect at the same time. This confusion in our observation of real broken matter and false broken matter leads us to wonder what is real and what is illusion? Distinguishing reality from illusion can be not so easy. It is useful to wonder what we should do with broken things? Furthermore, broken or imperfect things can also be sublimated by composing new color patterns around or inside it. Leonard Cohen said: “there is a crack in everything, that is how the light gets in”. This reflection inspired me in a certain way for my recent art production.

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