An interview with artist Élise Caron

Since 2013, Gallery MX represents the conceptual visual artist Élise Caron. Since day one at the gallery,  her work attracts collectors with a fine eyes for design and architecture. Caron’s paintings are definitely minimalist and powerful […] A line of black ink forms across the canvas from a swift motion of the hand. Some ink is absorbed by the canvas, some trickles smoothly down the surface. The mark, pre-determined and precisely placed, causes an imbalance on the canvas, and gives rise to a certain emotion; a vital energy. The great masters of the Orient have handled ink – a medium with infinite possibilities – for centuries. Here, it becomes the central element of the work. Flat areas of colour are carefully selected and superimposed to achieve an opacity which covers the brush stroke of black ink focal point of the piece’s intensity. Voids are created; white sections brush against colourful shapes. The balance is slowly recomposed […] par Jasmine Nadeau.  We decided to sat down and ask her few questions to get to know her more.

Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Élise Caron, artist painter in contemporary art. I do abstract art, to be specific.

What’s your artistic background ?

I completed a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts at Concordia University, in graphic design with a specialization in illustration. For almost 10 years, I studied Chinese painting, art history and Eastern philosophy.

What art do you most identify with?

Abstraction.

What was the first thing you did today?

Smile.

What are the main thing you deal with in your work?

Colors.

What themes do you pursue?

Beauty, harmony and balance.

What is your most meaningful moment of your carreer ?

To have been selected to take part in the “Paul-Émile Borduas, Les années New-Yorkaises” exhibit, in the “Paul-Émile Borduas Heritage” section, at the Museum of Fine Arts of Mont-Saint-Hilaire.

What’s your favourite artwork and why?

Guido Molinari’s “vent bleu”. A painting that is both empty and … so full at the same time! So much peace, I dream of flying through it!

What does your current workplace look like?

Ahhh! My workshop! It is on the 2nd floor. I have a several windows, allowing a lot of natural light, from the north, east and south, with a view on the trees. It’s a nest… through the leaves. 😊 There are splashes of colors all over the floor and walls! It’s gorgeous! I also have a small crystal hanging from a window; it catches the rays of the morning sun and divides its light in several spectrums in the colors of the rainbow! I love it!

I wouldn’t leave the house without…

My Iphone.

How has your practice change over time ?

Young, I was hyper figurative and semi-abstract and with experience, I developed the aptitudes and acquired the knowledge required to now grow in a more serious abstract process.

What’s your strongest memory of your childhood?

I was 5 or 6 years old. One day, I was at my little drawing table with my crayons, as I often did. My mom approached me to see my new drawings and I remember her saying: “there is something special about those two drawings! We have to keep them, they are stylish!”

Describe a real-life situation that inspired you?

The hot-air balloon shook me at 7 years old and has inspired my artwork ever since. The passing of time, the transitory, winds, the sandglass of time and the fascination of imagining mysterious beings aboard that balloon.

What jobs have you done other than being an artist?

Before becoming a professional painter, I was a graphic designer and an artistic director for a communication company. Afterwards, an art and crafts teacher, a graphic design teacher and speaker. I did so part time, to continue to work intensively on my paintings.

Why art?

I’ve bathed in esthetics throughout my childhood. I was fortunate to have an artistic family that always valued it! Art was not a matter of choice for me; it’s in my genes. It is in art and creation that I feel at my best!

What memorable responses have you had to your work?

One day, an art historian who did not know my work, came to my workshop to interview me. When she saw my paintings on the wall, she blurted: “You can really handle a brush! There is some solid drawing behind this, it’s obvious!” I was very surprised that she noticed all the work I put in through the years to get to this level of painting today. I was very happy about it!

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

Simplify, simplify !

What do you do in your spare time?

I cook a lot ; I like for things to be pleasant for the eyes, tasty for the mouth and for the house to smell nice! 😊 I also walk a lot and bike through the forest; I meditate as well.

What food, drink, song inspires you?

Champagne and oysters, definitely. The music that I love to listen to? The one that my other half makes when he plays the piano.

Your Happy Place?

My deck on the river side.

Your guilty pleasure?

Eating CapeCod original flavour chips. I love it!

What makes you happy?

Spending time with my family.

What superpower would you have and why?

To be able to see the auras… to admire the beautiful, pure colors and maybe discover new ones.

Name something you love, and why.

I really enjoy watching the array of colors by Benjamin Moore; first of all, because it’s beautiful and because it brings me back to my childhood, when I collected the color charts from the hardware stores.

Name something you don’t love, and why.

Intolerance of one against the other. Give people space so they can live!.

What is your dream project?

To spread my paintings as widely as possible on all continents and share my passion for the energy of color.

Name three of your favorite artists.

Painters…I have more than 3, but let’s say: Mark Rothko, Pierre Soulages, Molinari and Pollock.

Favourite or most inspirational place.

Your favorite place or the place that inspires you the most?
The Laurentian forest.

Professionally, what’s your goal?

Spend my life painting and continue to evolve in my artistic process.

The exhibition «13 Pleines Lunes» will be showcased at the gallery from June 13 to June 27 2018 ( opening reception, June 13th at 5pm )