The work of Stéphanie L’Heureux gives equal importance to creative gestures and the final work. The drawing is part of her research as a trace, a movement. Her practice examines the basic components of the medium: canvas and paint. Her compositions question the importance of the void, the balance of forms, the play between the substance and form, trace and plan.
Her work is crossed by a form which is handled, studied, reproduced, constantly reinvented and that keeps track of the movement that produced them. The series is part of her creative process; every painting is as the archive of a moment in the thread of a search.
For several years, she has worked on the circle, this motif which despite its simple appearance retains her full attention. She develops and transforms it in her paintings. After all these drawings, all their declinations, it remains surprising that the simplicity of the form allows both expressive and tragic.
Her palette, sober and austere, confirms that the research is guided by a reflection on fundamental issues. The artist tries to simplify the work of the painter, to go towards least. The color is for her an entertainment, a nonessential element. That is why she very sparsely uses it in her works, to remain concentrated on her intellectual quest of an abstract art.
Stéphanie L’Heureux, born in 1968 in Ottawa lives and works in Montréal. After college in fine arts, she obtained a BA in Art History (Laval University, Québec, 1991) and a Master of aesthetics on the sculpture Kasai (University of Sorbonne, Paris, 1993). She continued doctoral studies on Olmec sculpture (McGill University and University of Montréal, 1995-2000). She was later director of the Artist’s Run Center Diagonale (Montréal) for more than ten years, from 2002 to 2013. She works primarily in painting, but also encompasses photography, porcelain and embroidery. Her pieces have been part of group exhibitions and are found in private collections.