Elsa Chesnel: Lines of Thoughts
Wednesday, February 6, 6-8pm
Artist Talk: Sunday, February 10, 3-4pm
exhibition dates: February 6 – 24, 2019
Elsa Chesnel has always been seduced by charcoal, by the black mess engulfing her as the drawings emerge. With charcoal as her preferred medium, she set out to express feelings through contrast. The limitations of the medium then pushed her to use acrylics to express herself in larger format, which in turn allowed for experimentation with colour.
As Chesnel’s art grew and asserted itself, she realized that automatism guided her steps. When creating, she loses herself in shapes and volumes, then refines and discovers meaning through lines as she explores her thoughts. The artist is as much a part of the process as a part of the final product.
Once a piece is complete, however, its meaning is no longer hers. In Chesnel’s eyes, she has succeeded when what was formed through her hands and fingers triggers emotions in the heart of the viewer—when the work acquires a life of its own. In many ways, Lines of Thoughts is Chesnel’s own amusing version of Rorschach’s inkblots.