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Biography

Sylvie Adams is a Canadian artist currently living in Montreal (Quebec). She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Concordia University. Her work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions and she has participated in many international contemporary art fairs – in the United States, Europe and Asia.

Selected by Art Wynwood’s curator and director for an exhibition in honor of Shepard Fairey (author of Obama’s “Hope” poster) in Miami in 2017, her work has also been noticed by journalists and critics from Blouin Art Info and Artnet News, during Art New-York in 2016 and 2017.

Her work can also be found in private and corporate collections, including the collections of Rio Tinto Alcan and Norwegian Cruise Line.

 
 

 
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Artist Statement

My artistic practice is based on duality, experimentation and the materiality of paint. This practice reinterprets a legacy of lyrical abstract expressionism and renews it in a contemporary way by using opposed notions of will and thought. Based on a process that leaves room for serendipity, my practice allows for an incremental development of the imagery.

The piece becomes the result of a dialogue, an interaction, a dance, where the elementary forces of gravity and time are as active as the mark left by the gesture. Once the initial composition is suggested by the work, the intention becomes clearer and is finalized using free marks and colored masses. Thus, voluntary mark-making mingles with random drippings and the unpredictable alterations to the materiality of paint.

Shaped by an architectural heritage, my imagery refers to a tri-dimensional spatial construction and uses the language of figurative space. In structuring my work in different planes, I create a perception of depth and a feeling of space in which to project oneself. The viewer is invited to navigate through transitional zones alternating between violence and softness. Resulting from those are "un-landscapes" with paradoxical forms, whose borders are both defined and denied. I invite the eye to travel through atmospheric scenes, beyond the physical matter in a suspended temporality, seeking to engage feelings and intellect.