Marie Chloé Duval
My approach is anchored in a gestural process expressing encounters between opposing elements. Black and white, certainly, or abstract and figurative, movement and rigidity, but also between dark elements of human reality and the tipping point that transforms into a luminous character.
It is through creation that I bring to light this dialogue of paradoxes. I deconstruct the codes and norms of society and, through painting, acrylics, felt pens and photos, I engage in questioning the place of the human being, the way we look at ourselves and the other, and then at the us. My art stems from a reflection that I carry on my academic career, criminology, and gives to see a free pictorial expression which is inspired by paradoxical social situations. The notion of presence and absence cohabiting and the sublimation of violence are part of my work. In this quest for the elusive, I paint, I mark and trace.
I obstruct my visual invoice by proposing to the observer to create his own interpretation of what is hidden beyond the first glance, certainly, in a desire of confrontation of perceptions,
I thus underline the pride of our conviction that our senses are in harmony with the world. Destroying the illusion that what we see is what is.
Originally from Quebec, a Canadian province, Marie-Chloé Duval pursues a path as contrasted and audacious as her works. Initially absorbed by a career in criminology, Duval discovered her interest in art just as she was finishing her graduate studies. The writing of her thesis will undoubtedly be the trigger for a drive to express herself and illustrate her vision of humanity and society through art.
Duval develops her visual identity and explores the world of photography before devoting herself fully to painting in 2016. Initially through ephemeral events, she quickly transposes her analysis of the world at an accelerating pace, and it is the Centre Culturel Berger that will offer her first opportunity for a solo exhibition. Duval participates in her first symposium in 2016 and the critics give her work unequivocal praise; she will win 5 prizes during the event. Duval's reputation grew and he made a remarkable appearance at the McCord Museum during the Printemps Numérique in 2017, in Montreal. Eager to learn and research her medium and vision, the artist participates in various art residencies and shows internationally: a research residency in Joutsa, Finland (2019), a cultural development mission in Paris, France (2019), and a creation and solo show Rhodos, Greece (2022). With numerous exhibitions in Montreal, Chicago, Palm Spring, San Francisco and Quebec, Duval is experiencing a notable evolution while now being enrolled in Fine Arts, Painting and drawing, at Concordia University.
The artist is currently based in New-York City, where she draws inspiration from the multiple human actions, an inexhaustible source of inspiration. She continues her rise and continues her prolific creation.