ABOUT THE ARTIST – Sophie-Alexia Joly de Lotbinière
Lotbiniére is an emerging artist whose painting explores the materiality of painting itself by deliberately deconstructing the process through which the artist creates an artwork. The artist often opts to paint on an aluminum base rather than a canvas due to the unique light properties of aluminum. When exposed to light, the surface of the painting comes to life and transforms in front of the viewer’s eyes, which allows the artwork to continue to evolve with each viewing.
Her most recent works from the Together series showcases a series of meditative color field paintings interspersed with particle-like patterns produced by the impressions left behind by rice grains. These artworks seek to present images that resonate with the principles of interdependence and the natural world as we have come to understand it through the study and language of quantum physics.
By observing subatomic particles, we have come to realize that nature does not behave in fixed or predictive systems. This realization stands in stark opposition to the way in which we have been socialized to perceive the world in categorical, immutable, and divided structures. More readily put, we have come to see ourselves as separate from one another, and even as superior to one another and this is the thinking that is at the root of all violence. Whilst subatomic particles are varied and not indistinguishable, they ultimately behave in wave-like patterns in unison. To see reality in this light lays the groundwork for a ripened leap towards our togetherness.
Beginning in 2013, Lotbinière has been showcased worldwide including solo exhibitions in New York City and Australia. In the spring of 2015, Lotbinière exhibited with the Greenwich Arts Council alongside artist Louise Bourgeois. The artist currently lives and works in San Francisco.