February 13, 2017 by Laura Gomez

Artist Interview

Name: Sandra Chevrier

Age: 33
Birthday: September 23rd
College: University of Quebec in Montreal

Favorite Color: Changes like a mood ring, today i’d go with Burgundy.
Favorite Book: Le livre de l’intranquilité de Fernando Pessoa
Favorite Movie: Blue is the warmest color
Favorite Food: Coffee.

Favorite Quote: ‘’D’ailleurs je ne rêve, je ne vis rien d’autre que la vie réelle. Tous les vaisseaux sont des vaisseaux de rêves, dès lors qu’il est en notre pouvoir de les rêver. Ce qui tue le rêveur, c’est de ne pas vivre quand il rêve; ce qui gêne l’homme d’action, c’est de ne pas rêver quand il vit. J’ai fondu en une seule couleur de bonheur la beauté du rêve et la réalité de la vie. Nous avons beau posséder un rêve, nous ne le possédons jamais autant que le mouchoir qui se trouve dans notre poche ou, si l’on veut que notre propre chair. On a beau faire de sa vie une action pleine, démesurée, triomphale, on ne peut s’empêcher d’éprouver le [choc] du contact avec les autres, de trébucher sur des obstacles, même minimes et de sentir le temp qui passe.
Tuer le rêve, c’est nous tuer nous-mêmes. C’est mutiler notre âme. Le rêve c’est ce que nous possédons de plus intimement nôtre, de plus impénétrablement, inexpugnablement nôtre.
L’Univers, la Vie-réels ou illusoires- sont à tout le monde. Chacun peut voir ce que je vois, posséder ce que je possède-ou, tout au moins, se l’imaginer.
Mais ce que je rêve, nul autre que moi ne peut le voir, nul autre ne peut le posséder. Et si ma vision du monde extérieur diffère de la vision des autres, cela provient de tout ce que, sans le vouloir, je mets de mon rêve dans ma façon de voir, et tout ce qui, de mon rêve vient se coller à mes yeux et mes oreilles.’’
Fernando Pessoa

Why are you an artist, and when did you first become one?
Art to me is not only a way of expression, it is a language on its own. Its been mine since the beginning of my story.

Can we talk a bit about your process at the beginning of a project? How do you conceive of it? How do you build it in your mind before you start?
The process changed over the years, I’ve recently stopped working with the comic book themselves but only use paint. That was my first intention when i started to work on this series, i would do studies and eventual would use them to create all acrylics paintings. Creativity is the result of experimentation and evolution.
When I find an idea that I love, I want to play with it until I have no more fun, and the Cage series opened me to a lot of different horizons.

What’s the best advice anyone gave you? Someone told me i was lucky to have found a passion, to have found something that i love so much that it makes me dream. Since that day, i’ve been very careful to always remember that this is what Art is for me, not a job, not a career, not a market; a passion.

Do you suffer for your art? I dont ‘’suffer’’ for it, nonetheless i think any kind of feelings, including pain and suffering is a great source of inspiration. It is a direct vessel from the heart to the canvas.

How would you define yourself as an artist? My Art is the expression of who i am.A dance between reality and imagination, truth and deception, poison and cure.

What inspires you to work? The beauty in tragedies

You seem to use a lot of symbols in your work. Do your works tell stories or are they simply decorative elements of the project?
With work demanding to be dissected beyond it’s surface value, my portraits are quite literally torn between the fantastical heroics and iconography of comic books and the harsher underlying tragedy of oppressed female identity and the exposed superficial illusion therein. Exhibiting a male-dominated world within the ‘Cages’ series, my subjects denounce the role given to the female counterpart therein, refusing to play the part of seducer or victim.
The images used within the ‘cages’ range from scenes of conflict, triumph and defeat. I choose to highlight the fragility of the superhero, their own struggles and weaknesses, exposing the humanity within the superhuman.
Despite all the playfulness of the thing itself and all the “CRASH BAM POW,” superheroes are also fragile. We are merely human; men and women and we are entitled to the flaws and errors.

What famous artists have influenced you, and how?
Ive been moved to tears when i was 14 years old by ‘’The detritus of devotion’’ by Heidi Taillefer. I understood that day the power of Art.
To name a few…. Rudy Nappi, Robert Maguire, Robert McGinnis.

What other interests do you have outside of art?
Music, flea markets, clothes and my son in #1!

You seem to be very aware of the history of works. Where do you see films, photo exhibitions, art perfomances today?
I travel a lot and every time i discover a new city i will make sure to visit the galleries and museums or see if there is any Art events while i am there that i can attend.

How would your life change if you were no longer allowed to create art?
I’d feel empty or deprived of a part of myself.

What are your next projects? Lots going on, booked with exhibitions till 2019. But meanwhile im working on a couple of new things; different materials, exploring and experimenting, pushing the series a little further and having fun! You can find informations on my upcoming exhibitions on my website