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19/05/2014

Sandra Chevrier’s superheroines

Sandra Chevrier’s superheroines

The latest works of this Canadian artist are clearly identified by her portraits of women with comic “skin”. In this article we will take a closer look to the work of this artist.

Her series “Super Hero Cages” has taken Sandra Chevrier to the elite of nowadays trends. She is in. And the thing is that Sandra knows how to perfectly combine the aesthetic of the feminine beauty with the super hero comic world like no one does. The works that belong to this series are of an undeniable beauty, they are classy and they send a message. We can find multiple creations of this artist in many mediums, since she has developed her works using mixed media as well as limited edition printing in giclées and screenprints.

All “Les cages” works show us beautiful women wrapped in comic cartoons of Batman, Superman, Green Lantern… and the message appears to be clear: with the aesthetic demands placed on women today, it seems necessary to do miracles in order to fit in the beauty standards of our society and to have super powers to achieve these expectations.

But if we look a bit further we see that what the artist wants to transmit is not just that. Synonyms for cages could be jail, box, enclosure. These women can be found locked up behind the bars that we can all end up trapped in, men and women, and those are the bars of our own self-demands; our own complexes can restrict ourselves to a point where we don’t fulfil the dreams we aspire to. We all have an inner beauty that can be locked up behind the doors of our own emotions.

Despite the theme of her work that many have tagged as feminist, this is not the speech that Sandra Chevrier wants to give. Message is universal; it is just that she feels more comfortable expressing her emotion through the feminine figure, through the expressions of her eyes, the sensuality of her lips or the delicate touch of her hands. Men have the same boundaries and frontiers as women do and the fact that she likes better to present women in her works is no other than practice, instinct, she is just better at portraying female bodies.

It is also interesting to know the concept that Sandra Chevrier has of the aesthetic. Very young she learned that she had the ability to create beautiful images. She is aware that the beauty of the images she creates is the first thing the spectator’s eyes meet. As in everyday life, we all tend to catch an eye on that we feel attracted to, on that we like most. That’s where she uses her “hook” to catch us, but if the rest of the work didn’t tell anything and if it wouldn’t transmit, the work would be forgotten and wouldn’t make a difference.

This artist’s work is deep, spiritual, full of emotions. In the previous series to “Les Cages”, called “Drames en couleur”, Sandra depicted religious elements such as Buddhas, totems or goddesses beside architectural elements or object of today’s modern society and wild animals. Vivid colours on these works capture, one more time, our attention and drag us into an inner personal reflection. The aesthetical balance between these elements invites us to meditate about how we are affected by new technologies, day by day consumerism and how they antagonize, in some occasions, with our cultural values, iconographically represented by the theological elements, and with our most instinctive feelings and emotions. As in these series works, each one of us tries to keep our balance deeming what is more important for us, a balance between the material, the divine or the natural.

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