“The drawings provoke a story that the viewer can imagine. I include situations in a place that the viewer can see themselves are being a part of. They can figure out how they are involved in the story.” says artist Isabelle Demers when we spoke about the work she completed during her 2017 Emerging Artist Residency Award.
Smoke cascades up from Isabelle Demers’ pyrographic drawings. Delicate lines are created on paper using a wood burning tool, illustrating local and foreign foliage that together become a layered collage surrounding a reclining young woman. The pyrographic drawing technique has become a prevalent process in Isabelle’s drawings. “When I make the drawings I am always thinking about the whole installation,” she explains. “The drawings provoke a story that the viewer can imagine. I include situations in a place that the viewer can see themselves are being a part of. They can figure out how they are involved in the story.”
She began her residency with us in January 2017 considering the elements needed for an upcoming exhibition that included a window installation and 2D wall pieces. Originally intending to work on sculptural pieces she instead focused on the drawings. These gentle, intimate images are built almost like a sculpture; each piece of foliage is drawn, cut out and assembled together on a large sheet of paper. “I do it in a way that allows elements to be a bit more free. It’s fun, you can get lost in the drawings, there is always something that you didn’t see,” says Isabelle as I sit in front of her drawing admiring all the beautiful layered components.
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