Jeannette Sirois: “The Stillness of Life”
Opening Reception: Friday August 25th and is presented by Artcraft and the Salt Spring Island Arts Council.
Artist Talk: Sunday 27th August at 2pm.
The final showcase of the summer opens on Friday August 25th and runs until Artcraft closes on September 17th. Jeannette Sirois takes to the Mahon hall stage with a series of oversized botanical portraits created by many hours of painstaking work with oil and wax, coloured pencils, rendered on paper and mounted on cradleboards of up to 36”x54”.
Each still life study demands attention from the shocking strength and beauty of the colour , to the up close, hyper-real rendition of every detail of petal, stamen, thorn, built up with layer after layer of pencil strokes. Individually each work is breathtaking but collectively they have a power that draws the visitor up onto the stage to be closerto them, albeit with a sense of nervousness as the gallery space is so obviously controlled by the plants.
Sirois is comparatively new to Salt Spring and has only started showing her work here in the past couple of years, but has been creating and teaching art in other parts of BC for many years with a number of exhibitions in the lower Mainland.
Over the years she has used many different media to explore and create, from oils, acrylics and water colours to charcoal and clay; but has, for now at least, settled on the oil and wax sticks as her chosen instruments. It is a challenging and time consuming drawing medium, requiring multiple layers of detail and colour to be built up to get Sirois’ desired result. It is also a less commonly used […]