Charlie Lescault expresses, through the subtlety of her drawings on paper and the singularity of her vinyl sculptures, a reinterpretation of our surrounding natural environment. Her artworks challenge the proximities between the animal and plant kingdoms. Through a formal language not unlike mimesis, they suggest diverse organic elements: fur, hair, scales, minerals, etc. Hybrid forms, metamorphosed, become animated of an intimate energy, deployed with lightness on the paper and the exhibition space.
Using traditional practices such as weaving, knotting and folding for the realization of her sculptures, the artist creates an opposition between the natural and the artificial (strips of black vinyl). This duality between the animal, vegetal and the industrial matter reveals a complex universe in constant mutation.
With the meticulousness of her black marker and graphite pencil drawings and the repetition of her precise gesture, Lescault creates intricate strategies for mimicking nature with great technical ability. Their level of precision and refinement reveals an untameable desire to reproduce reality, by fabricating phantasmagoric herbariums truer than nature. But in Charlie Lescault’s hybrid forms, nature is merely an evocation; she favours giving way to the poetry of the shapes where each artwork has its own life, its own respiration.
Charlie Lescault lives and works in Saguenay where she completed her studies in visual arts at Université du Québec à Chicoutimi. Since 2015, she presented her work in different exhibitions, solo and collectively, notably at the artist-run center Le Lobe, the Centre d’art actuel Bang and the Centre des arts et de la culture de Chicoutimi, in the context of a tutoring project supported by the Centre de production en art actuel TOUTTOUT. In October 2017, she participated at the Foire d’art contemporain de Saint-Lambert, where she won the people’s choice award. During the year 2018, her most recent production has been showcased at the Foire en art actuel de Québec and at the Centre d’art actuel Atoll in Victoriaville. Charlie Lescault is also recipient of a support grant for professional artists allocated by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.