Pencil Artist of the Week – Jeannette Sirois
03/23/2018 / By Nupur Patel

In her own words, Jeannette shares with us details about her art, process, and connection with the world.

“Portrait art has been a main theme in my work since 2013 and is a means to discuss my relationship to the world and the balance between thought and illusion, truth and interpretation.  The intimate relationship created between the artist and subject as well as the processes of communication formed or meaning to be formed, becomes a central part of the dialogue.  Large format portraits force me to look at the subject on two planes.  One that deals with the meaningful interpretation of the who, and the other made up of the abstract planes, lines, forms and colours needed when breaking down the artwork into manageable areas of design. The question about the initial readily available meaning, what we initially see of the subject, appears at first to speak only to the mundane setting and casual pose, yet I work to expand on this and explore deeper, as in the folds and crevices found on skin or flower petals.  Through the work, I attempt to ask, and re-ask what meaning does the image hold and how can it anchor or connect to me and to the audience? The hidden dialogue that exists between the subject and artist juxtaposes with the simplicity of the image composition. Loss, pain, misunderstanding, listening, acceptance, like, love and time both past and present, attempt to coexist with the measured doses of placement and composition. These basic components hide a much more intense and deep relationship between the sitter and artist.  My own fallacies based on faulty reasoning; misleading or unsound arguments have become themes that continue to be questioned and explored through the works where the balance between art and mind often become lost.

Working with the highest quality artist colour pencil, graphite, charcoal and chalk pastel, I am able to manipulate the media to bring me closer to the desired outcome.  This means that the work is often detailed through the precise use of the pencil, or layered in scratches and dust created by the charcoal and pastel.  They become married together through a mixing of the media which involves solvents, brushes, burnishers and artists stumps to create texture and a velvety quality to backgrounds and words often placed on the subject in the form of tattoos.  The large works can take anywhere from 200 to 1000 hours to make and I work on an acid free, 100% Cotton, Neutral pH paper.  As a full time artist, I am in my studio 5 to 6 days a week and work from 10 to 15 hours a day creating these pieces and building my business and have worked on award winning public art installations, have several pieces in permanent collections and have been selected for national shows such as the Canadian Kingston Portrait Prize.  My work is found in both public and private collections around the world.”

To see more of her work: http://www.jeannettesirois.com/home

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