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Schroeder, Virginie

Schroeder, Virginie

Medium : Mixed Media

Virginie was born in Algrange, Moselle (France) in 1976. She now resides in Québec.

To fully understand the world of Virginie Schroeder, the spectator must first penetrate a universe glowing with sensuality, burlesque and fantasy.

Her portraits use the expanse of the canvas and are usually quite deformed and somewhat grotesque in appearance. They have evolved from a festive universe, a dreamlike world, inspired by Parisian cabarets and Montréal shows as well as other late night scenes which we are drawn into unlimited by censure.

Her works are as enigmatic as the portraits she represents, leaving to our imagination the true intentions of these goddesses which are somewhat troubling.

Always taking great care to present a balanced creation between abstract and realism, her works invite us to witness a show in which involves a certain magic, an invitation of curiosity and a magical stage allowing us to dream. The viewer is encouraged to decipher her message and forced to question our feelings.

The completed work takes on a series of interpretations, each one becoming apparent when approaching the canvas, designed with a harmonious transparency.

Ms. Schroeder’s canvases are created using various techniques such as: collages, gilding, scraping, acrylics and oils as well as textural materials like paper and cloth, all superimposed to create a transparent pattern giving a perception of depth and richness. These dynamic gestures using diverse materials like airbrush, lacquer, and dammar resins help in achieving a visual richness throughout the entire composition. Her work is also unique and exclusive in the sense that even her canvases are individually constructed and prepared.

An instinctive dynamic and highly energetic artist, her spontaneity and her brush-stoke uncovers a sure hand, a boldness of gesture, and confidence in her subject matter.

Media coverage:
Parcours, November 2010-February 2011, pg. 86-87

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