Canadian Karine Léger began to explore her interest in painting in the early 2000’s. Over the ensuing years, her artistic vision evolved through photography, collage and painting. Karine Léger creates delicately layered acrylic paintings, exploring collage and composition.
Karine Léger’s approach first involves the need to deconstruct in order to lay the foundations for an introspective reconstruction. From paper or digital cut-outs, her compositions are born out of a collaging process. Colours, textures and shapes are meticulously selected to be arranged and rearranged, assembled and reassembled, in a quest for the right balance. Similar but independent forms come together, at times nearly touching, other times precariously balancing on one another and, on occasion, merging.
This slow, deliberate, creative process is how Karine Léger builds the foundation of her next work. Nothing is rushed, nothing is forced. She stops only when that precious balance has been achieved. Although the composition is set, she reserves the right to stray from the concept in deference to the canvas.
Deeply connected to her personal life, superimposed layers of images and transparent acrylics has its own story to tell. The shapes seem anthropomorphic at times, reflecting that constant desire for balance. But they only reveal just enough, allowing plenty of room for the viewers to find their own interpretation or story.
“Sometimes, people identify themselves with the shapes (or elements) on the painting and this is something that I find very interesting. To me, these shapes represent different moments, each one isolating a feeling or like a souvenir of a place visited, textures seen in nature or just when looking up in the sky. The layering of paint recreates a feeling of going back to these places. And balancing all these elements on one frame (canvas) brings a calm and soothing feeling.”