Artist Statement – Paintings
Astrid Chevallier’s paintings are an invitation to pause, breathe and reconnect with our true nature.
She focuses on visual rhythms inspired by Nature (such as ice, water, rock formations, plants…), but her goal goes beyond representation as she aims to explore the very essence of the elements. She breaks down the natural structure in several components and while the colors and some forms resurface, instead of a formal representation she uses rhythm and negative space to convey the emotional impression one can get from observing the original subject.
Some of the golden line patterns are inspired by Mayan and pre-Columbian art, which belong to civilizations that where more immersed in nature than our modern society. Some of the gold accent in her latest work is more directly focused towards the dynamic of plants and living matters.
The gold elements, may they be spots, lines, or surfaces, have an essential purpose: by reflecting the light, they bring a sense of life to the painting. In a natural light environment (by a window for example), the movement of the sun will bring a sense of time, and one might be looking forward to that moment of the day when the sun hits the painting and the gold fires up.
The gold “vibrant” effect, which emphasizes the precious and unique aspect of her paintings (she refers to them as “jewels” for the walls), has become her signature over the years.
The resulting pieces provide a quiet flow of visual movement; a zen, playful and beautiful space to get immersed into, for it heals the eyes and calms the mind.
In a time and age where we are constantly exposed to visuals and commercials, where we move too fast and expect too often quick results, where too many natural textures have been replaced by plastic and man made material, Astrid Chevallier’s paintings provide a quiet place to stop the fast pace and let our minds safely wander, heal, and grow.