La Cage, si tu es pris de mer, 2014

by Sandra Chevrier

Painting : mixed media 24 x 18 x 0.8 inch

$12,500

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Type

Unique work

Signature

Hand-signed by artist

Authenticity

Sold with certificate of Authenticity from the gallery

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Medium

Painting: mixed media

Dimensions cm inch

24 x 18 x 0.8 inch Height x Width x Depth

Framing

Brown floater frame

Artwork dimensions including frame

25.5 x 20.5 x 1 inch


Artwork sold in perfect condition

Artwork location: United States

Hand Signed on Front and Hand Signed, Dated and Titled on Verso.

Sandra Chevrier is a distinguished Canadian contemporary and pop urban artist renowned for her captivating portraits of women, a hallmark of her iconic 'The Cages' series. Born in 1983, Chevrier earned her Bachelor's degree in visual and media arts from UQAM – L’Université du Québec à Montréal. As a self-taught artist, Sandra's love affair with art began in her childhood, where it swiftly transformed into a language of its own. Initially, her drawings often centered around eyes, an early obsession that continues to permeate her current work. Sandra affectionately refers to herself as a 'gaze collector,' and her art reflects a profound dichotomy or dance between power and fragility, freedom and captivity, poison and cure.

Her artistic prowess has not remained confined within borders; it has transcended boundaries and resonated globally. Sandra's artworks have found their way into the cherished collections of art enthusiasts worldwide, affirming her enduring impact on the contemporary art scene.

Sandra's creations explore a diverse spectrum of emotional enigmas and concepts, challenging the norms of modern communication and laying bare the constraints of our world, the self-imposed expectations we harbor, and the metaphorical cages that hinder us from embracing the fullness of life's experiences. Beneath the surface of her portraits lies a profound narrative, where the fantastical heroics and iconography of comic books intertwine with the harsher, underlying tragedy of oppressed female identity and the superficial illusions that often veil it.

Beyond the portrayal of a male-dominated world within her 'Cages,' Chevrier's subjects boldly reject the predefined roles assigned to women, refusing to conform to the seductive or victimized archetypes. Instead, they challenge societal limitations, exposing the corruption of true beauty and the confinement of women within narrowly defined and highly codified identities. In this process, these women are elevated to nothing short of superheroines.

Sandra's masterful portraiture is marked by meticulous detail, seamlessly bringing her subjects to life from a surreal world onto the canvas. In her work, a mesmerizing dance unfolds between reality and imagination, truth and deception. The artist chooses to illuminate the fragility inherent in superheroes, emphasizing their struggles and vulnerabilities while revealing the underlying humanity within the superhuman. Beneath the playfulness and the iconic 'CRASH BAM POW' of the superhero persona, lies a profound truth—superheroes, too, are fragile. They are, after all, embodiments of human men and women, entitled to their flaws and imperfections.
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Sandra Chevrier, La Cage, si tu es pris de mer

Sandra Chevrier is a Canadian contemporary artist, known for her captivating collaged portraits of women from The Cages series. Born in 1983, Chevrier got her Bachelor's degree in visual and media arts from UQAM – The Université du Québec à Montréal. As a self-taught artist, Sandra Chevrier first fell in love with art as a kid, expressing her emotions through pencil drawing. At first, she draw sketches of eyes, all the time. This initial passion is highly visible in her present work. Sandra likes to describe herself as a “gaze collector", as she considers that you can read all the emotions of a human being just by looking in their eyes.

Works from Sandra Chevrier's The Cages series are created with a strong message of social freedom and an open mind imbued into the canvas. The series emerged from the fuse of painting and collage, as Chevrier uses paint and actual comic book cuttings to produce intense mixed-media portraits of women. Sandra used to work in a really controlled and hyper realistic way before the discovery of collage and mixed media. Now, Chevrier's work is an amalgam of fine and street art that is self-governed as well as supremely crafted.

The Cages series tells a story of women trying to find freedom from the imposed cages of society's distorted prejudices and expectations of what a woman should or shouldn't be, of false beauty and perfection. With sharp colors and graphic lines, the artist uses loose and heavy textures of paint which make her portrayed subjects seem to be emerging from the surreal world within the canvas, revealing the underlying tragedy of oppressed female identity. By using comics as a mask for her portrayed heroines, Chevrier highlights the fragility of the superhero, their personal weaknesses and flaws, and exposes the humanity within the superhuman.


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