Montreal based artist Marie-Claude Marquis is causing a stir with her paintings – gritty interpretations of everyday occurrences that capture the heart of the subcultures evolving around her. We caught up with her to ask her a few questions about what influences her work and what she jams to in her studio…
HAHAMAG: The settings for your characters are often scene stealers. Where does your imagery come from?
MCM: My work is an account of the everyday world in which I live. It illustrates the lifestyle and the imagination of people of my generation and especially of those that evolve around me. My work questions human responses, the intimacy of daily life and the uniqueness of each individual. Painting allows me to play with characters and locations to create familiar scenes in which we can identify ourselves. By creating stagings through photo montages, I create each of my projects on the computer, and then I do it manually on the canvas. This way of working is, for me, a right balance between technology and traditional. We can find in my works references to the people of my generation, fashion, illustration, advertising, design, to the city, graffiti, tattooing, etc.
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