The iconography displayed in Lise Gagné’s artwork comes from nature’s wide repertoire. Since 2010, imaginary characters both animal and vegetal depict her narrative. A dreamlike wildlife, liberated from traditional representation, incites discourse.
Gagné works with paint and photography simultaneously. Lise Gagné’s mixed techniques are statements emanating from gigantic skies, gasps in the forest, swamps and undergrowth full of life. There, she uses painting as an archaeological work, a kind of foraging of her subconscious, while the practical side of the photographs fulfils her constant quest for images. It allows her the instant fixing into memory of the fingerprints of spaces she had crossed during her solitary excursions. This repertoire — mostly semi-abstract — nourishes her paintings as well, since a natural dialogue takes place between the two mediums. Her first works were on paper, a derivative of the tree, and remains her privileged support for laying out colour. Many photographies have also been printed on aluminum.
Her paintings depict constructions of unidentified sites with reversed landscapes, endowed with blurred effects, shading, mirrors and forest labyrinths. They invite the spectator to stroll within her images. Her corpus is ahymntothe world’s beauty. It carries us to the beyond, bordering the visible and invisible.
Born in Montréal, Lise Gagné leaves the Province of Québec in 1973 to travel around the world; from Mexico to Argentina, from Africa to Europe. In June 1975, she settles in Germany from where she can easily keep travelling. Her years on the road allow her to discover ancient civilizations and significant archeological sites, like: Stonehenge, Vallée des rois, Louxor and Karnak, Cuzco and Sacsayhuamán. She was amazed by impressive museums, she got lost in souks and markets full of colour. This global initiation takes hold of her and transforms her into an «image hunter».
In 1980, she migrates to Winnipeg and studies anthropology focusing on Aboriginal Americans, at Saint Boniface College. Back in Québec, in 1981, she enrolled in photography at Dawson College and, for three years, attends Brother Jérôme’s workshops, her first true teacher in painting. During the nineties, in addition to her active career in communications, she continues art studies at UQAM with a concentration in art engraving. She regularly attends live model workshop given on Saturdays at Atelier Circulaire. Followed by numerous perfecting periods, particularly with painters and engraving artists, like : Kittie Bruneau, Carlos Calado, Dominique Sarrazin and Pierre-Léon Tétreault, she develops her unique style. Since 1994, Lise Gagné has participated in numerous individual and group events through out Québec. Her artwork has been chosen to be part of a recent publication gathering international artists who are passionate lovers of trees: Green Art: Trees, Leaves, and Roots, E. Ashley Rooney, Schiffer Publishing 2013