• Patrick Le Blond

    Between Land and Sea

    Ceramic in artArt in Ceramic

    Because it combined the four elements, water, earth, fire and air, ceramics early assumed a symbolic dimension. Beyond playing a utilitarian role, ceramics have, for centuries, demonstrated incredible technical and stylistic creativity. Patrick Le Blond’s works are no exception.

    He begins his day by looking out. The sky and the wind will dictate his daily tasks. His workshop overlooks the sea. His eye is drawn into the distance. His hand surrenders to the matter.

    Le nid

    Le nid

    “Living on an island leads towards refocusing oneself.” Such is how Patrick Le Blond describes his practice since his arrival on the Magdalen Islands almost 20 years ago. A graduate of the Maison des métiers d’art de Québec, the ceramist has never ceased production. Throughout the years, his many travels, his stay in France and his many workshops, Patrick Le Blond has been able to demonstrate the versatility of his working with clay. Although he may today be better known for his large thickly glazed plates with unique motifs, he still retains interest and respect for the small utilitarian pottery he continues to produce on occasions.

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    Text by Marie-France Bégis

    Atelier d’art Patrick Le Blond : 44, chemin Lapierre, Bassin Iles-de-la-Madeleine (Qc)

    Galerie d’art La méduse : 638, route 199 Havre-aux-Maisons Iles-de-la-Madeleine (Qc)

    Guilde canadienne de métiers d’art du Canada : 1356, rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal (QC)

    Boutique du Musée des beaux-arts du Québec : Parc des Champs-de-Bataille, Québec (Qc)

    Because it combined the four elements…

  • Sylvie Drainville

    Fostering Introspection

    Delight in Discovery

    Driven by an uncommonly intense force of life, Sylvie Drainville creates paintings on wood that attempt to provoke the heart while comforting it, by simultaneous means of made up referents deeply rooted in reality and imaginary parallel systems. Since they adopt empirical rather than classical perspectives, her paintings favor an overall composition consisting of varied superimposed strata reminiscent of the geology of soils.

    Lingering eyes are thus able to incrementally penetrate a story that, though universal, becomes personal per one’s interpretation. There is also presence of more intimate areas where one can find shelter and feel safe despite the vastness of the whole. It is important however to approach the work slowly to observe it adequately, one image at a time, in order to slide into the trenches and allow the emotion to permeate the mind.

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    Text by Lisanne Le Tellier

    Driven by an uncommonly intense force of life…

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