Reneé duRocher


Renée duRocher’s artistic approach is characterized by a figurative and intuitive painting. For many years now, her work has been exploring and calling into question the concepts of duration, time and history that permeate the historical places she visits on her trips, those sacred and archaeological sites that are transposed into her paintings. She developed a pictorial narrative, often as a series of works, in which the fragility of human life appears as a counterpart to the permanency and immutability of those sites. Lasting from two to four years, those series become a vast space where historical and imaginary places intersect. On the aesthetic level, duRocher, a consumed colorist, fills the canvas with broad strokes of rich and contrasting colors. As a result, transparency and opacity, figuration and abstraction harmoniously coexist. A very intense moment for the artist, it is at this stage in the creative process that the painting takes form and experimentation is called for. Transposing to a painting, through a distinct language and a renewed vision, those fictitious and historical frameworks requires an endless questioning of form and content alike. Renée duRocher’s works invite the eye and the mind into realms resonating with history through a contemporary artistic approach. This coexistence of genres is constantly renewed without ever breaking away from the humanistic references present in the artist’s creations. It is not only a question of history or remnants, but also, and primarily, a question of human nature and its relation to the ephemeral, the divine, and eternity. These are concepts that outlive ages and civilizations, and they are deeply anchored in Renée duRocher’s space-time.

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