Limbes et renversements – Paryse Martin


Sensitive, sensualist and poetic, with the exhibition Limbes et renversements we dive into the confines of a world floating between dream and reality. Wonderful beasts and mysterious characters evolve in complex and whimsical universes that exude a strong symbolic and magical charge. Using all the know-how and the unbridled imagination that we know so well, Paryse Martin seeks to reverse our perception of the current world in order to take a lucid and empirical look through this subversive approach. Alluding to some of the tensions that belong to our time, sculptures, drawings and collages echo the female condition as much as our relationship to the environment and to spirituality.

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Inspired by natural, poetic, and fairy-tale universes, the surrealist and baroque work of Paryse Martin engages in the logic of dreaming and storytelling. The artist has fun creating work that is both strange and captivating, and the beings that inhabit her marvellous systems exchange inquiring looks with the visitors. Combining drawing, sculpture, installation and animation, the work borrows from craft, folk art, and women’s traditional decorative arts. The adventurous spirit with which she approaches her work emphasizes small gestures, playful strategies and a variety of protocols, adding a dimension of the unexpected. The visitor is invited into a concentrated aesthetic experience that highlights the paradoxes of our existence.

Born in Caribou, Maine (USA), Paryse Martin lives and works in Quebec City. She has a doctorate in art studies and practices from UQAM. Recipient of several grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, she has presented many exhibitions in Quebec, across Canada, and abroad. Supported for many years by private collectors, public institutions and companies, her works are notably part of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, the Desjardins Collection, National Bank Collection, Clargidge, Ivanhoé Cambridge, Montreal Public Art Collection, Librairy and Archives Canada and the Breda Polytechnic School in Holland.


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In the media : : Catherine Genest – Paryse Martin: La punk aux gants de soie
Le Soleil : Josianne Desloges – La sorcière aux doigts de fée
Le Devoir : Jérôme Delgado – Les contes de Paryse
Ici Première : Anne-Josée Cameron – L’exposition romantique et païenne de Paryse Martin
Ici Québec : Valérie Cloutier – Les œuvres de Paryse
Journal de Québec : Sandra Godin – Paryse Martin: des œuvres très personnelles
L’Aérospatial – CKRL 89,1 : Expo Limbes et renversements de Paryse Martin à la Galerie 3