Louisa Nicol forces herself into the heart of contemporary art by expanding drawing’s boundaries. Models and people she draws practice professions which are related to the visual arts or literature, awareness of their body is therefore omnipresent. […]
Her works are made of different types of paper, often combined with Kraft paper, a sandy or chamois wrapping paper that she tears into large strips. Everything is pasted on cotton or linen canvas and mounted like paintings. The characters are placed in an undetermined space, a situation which is accentuated by the fact that the ground and objects are often absent. The artist uses a chiaroscuro technique in order to emphasize shapes while others are drawn with lines. Sometimes, only one line is enough to determine the contours of the body. Often, the artist uses the color and the shape of the torn Kraft paper’s to balance the composition. In recent years, she juxtaposes several drawings, namely the partial images of the body that, isolated from each other, appear as abstraction.
Together, these drawings form a self-sufficient work. The marouflage technique, on a rigid surface challenges the traditional weaknesses of the drawing and connects it to the painting. If drawing has always been her key, it becomes an aim through the innovation and virtuosity that Louisa Nicol carries and designs the multiple possibilities that this mode of illustration proposes nowadays.
Born in Palmarolle, Abitibi, Louisa Nicol worked as a graphic designer at Radio-Canada, from 1967 to 1983, and was an illustrator for many publishers. She has also taught at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM) and Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO). She founded Sang-Neuf Gallery and École des Beaux-Arts Rosa-Bonheur, a summer teaching institution located in Palmorelle. She also founded Ars Longa, an exhibition space based in Montréal. Simultaneously, the artist remains devoted to her drawing production. Her artworks have been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the Province of Québec, as well as in France and Japan.