Su Suzanne Fortin

SU suzanne fortin

Location: Canada

ARTIST’S NOTE
I WILL EXHIBIT AT CARROUSEL DU LOUVRE, PARIS, 8TH TO 11THDECEMBER 2016-BEING SELECTED BY THE JURY OF SALON NATIONAL DES BEAUX-ARTS DE PARIS (SNBA)
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SÜ's (suzanne Fortin), inspiration comes mostly from experiences she has had around the world, Africa being her “second home”. In creating her dimensional art, she explains that she feels like an instrument by which pictures and words are played out on the canvas; as if, like an orchestra, each color, paper, wire, and material used is becoming a three dimensional symphony.

A lot of the materials used in her art come from recycled items found scattered in her environment, in nature or along the roadside. Most of the subjects SÜ depicts translate her preoccupations about social worldwide problems such as poverty and sickness, slavery or lack of water; and also of the people she has met during her expeditions around the world, namely in Africa where she lived for 10 years.

In addition to SÜ’s deeply emotional expressions of world suffering, she also reveals her lighter side through humorous works of animals and humans.

SÜ lives near Montreal, Quebec, Canada but travels often to nourish her creativity and inspiration. She also takes courses abroad to expand her technical knowledge of mixed media and dimensional art, for which she has become most well known.

ARTISTIC APPROACH AND TOOLS

SÜ's mixed media dimensional works are mounted on materials including paper, canvas, glass, and wood. Discarded items found here and there often become the focal point or may embellish some of her collages. SÜ’s organic compositions invoke associations with the elements of the earth and the human form.

Swirling tendrils of gold, craggy paper parchments and anthropomorphized articles create a dynamic sculptural relief or ‘topography’ against the artist’s characteristically gold, yellow and copper background. Fascinated with Africa and its contemporary diaspora culture, SÜ’s compositions often carry visual and sometimes textual references to the continent’s global socio-political position and the vibrant traditions of its diverse peoples.

MEMBERSHIP/ASSOCIATIONS

• Académie Internationale des Beaux-Arts du Québec (AIBAQ)
• Regroupement des Artistes en Arts Visuels du Québec (RAAV)
• Association des Artistes Peintres de la Rive-Sud (AAPARS)

ARTISTE PROFESSIONNELLE
FORMATION

2015: Ateliers de création, Musée d'art contemporain, Montréal, Qc
2014: Ateliers de création, Musée d'art contemporain, Montréal, Qc
1990: Certificat en études arabes, Université de Montréal, Qc
1987: Certificat en études espagnoles, Université McGill, Montréal, Qc
1982: Maîtrise en administration aux Hautes études commerciales, Montréal, Qc
1978: Maîtrise en arts, Université Concordia, Montréal, Qc
1975: Baccalauréat spécialisé en enseignement des arts plastiques, Université du
Québec à Montréal, Qc
1971: C.A.P.E.S., Université de Yaoundé, Cameroun
1967: Baccalauréat en esthétique de présentation, Institut des arts appliqués,
Montréal, Qc
1964: Baccalauréat es arts, Montréal, Qc

ASSOCIATIONS

Membre du RAAV, reconnue à titre d'artiste professionnelle
Membre de L'AIBAQ
Membre de l'A

EXPOSITIONS INTERNATIONALES

2015 «Regards sur l'art contemporain», Galerie PAVA, Edmonton, Alberta
2014 « Secret window of the soul», Ward-Nasse Gallery, Soho, NY
2013 « Kiss of Abstraction », Ward-Nasse Gallery, Soho, NY
2013 « La dolce Vita », Amsterdam Whitney Gallery, Chelsea, NY
2013-12 « Incandescent jubilations », Amsterdam Whitney Gallery, Chelsea, NY
2012 Broadway Gallery, New York, NY
2012 « Art Takes Times Square » (sur sélection), New York, NY
2012 « Portals of perception », Agora Gallery, Chelsea, NY

EXPOSITIONS INDIVIDUELLES(SOLO)

2015 Maison de la culture, Beloeil
2014 Circuit des arts, 7e édition, AAPARS, St-Bruno
2014 Exposition « Iridescence de l'imaginaire », Galerie mp tresart, Durham-Sud,Qc
2014 Exposition au Hall des arts, Brossard
2011 Exposition au Conseil des Arts du Québec, exposition itinérante
2011 Tour Bell, Montréal, Qc
2011 Conseil des artistes du Qc, exposition itinérante
2009 Bibliothèque de Greenfield Park, Qc
2009-08 Bibliothèque Claude-Henri-Grignon, Longueuil, Qc

EXPOSITIONS COLLECTIVES

2015 « Showfrette», expo lumineuse, Beloeil, Qc
2014 22e expo-concours La Prairie, Qc
2014 20e Édition Fête des Arts, St-Basile-le-Grand, Qc
2014 Maison Félix-Leclerc, Vaudreuil-Dorion
2014 Galerie Ludovik, Montréal, Qc
2014 Circuit des arts, 7e édition, AAPARS, St-Bruno
2014 « Je me souviens», Galerie mp tresart, Durham-Sud, Qc
2014 « T'hivernes-tu de mon givre? », Galerie mp tresart, Durham-Sud, Qc
2014 « Les mots du cœur », Galerie mp tresart, Durham-Sud, Qc
2014 Ward-Nasse Gallery, Soho, NY
2013 Amsterdam Whitney Gallery, Chelsea, NY
2013 « Je m’envole avec toi » Galerie mp tresart, Durham-Sud, Qc
2013 « Si la mémoire oublie, la couleur demeure » Galerie mp tresart, Durham-Sud, Qc
2013 « Academia XXI », AIBAQ, Drummondville, Qc
2013 Ward-Nasse Gallery, Soho, NY
2011 Promenades de la Cathédrale, Montréal, Qc
2010 Exposition au Conseil des Arts du Québec, exposition itinérante
2008 « Propulse Art », Symposium de Brosse Art, Brossard, Qc
2008 « Décor et d’Esprit », Bibliothèque Georges-Dor, Longueuil, Qc
2007 « Les Impatients », 15e anniversaire, Montréal, Qc
2007 « Salon du Printemps », AAPL, Cégep de Longueuil, Longueuil, Qc
2007 « Décor et d’Esprit », Bibliothèque Georges-Dor, Longueuil, Qc
2007 Sélection d’automne 2007, AAPL, Longueuil, Qc
2007 Exposition d’une carte-oeuvre, Zocalo, Longueuil


Portfolio:

IMAGINARY IRIDESCENCE

SÜ adjusts the flatness of canvas in order to meet its three-dimensional quest while decontextualizing normative objects whether fortune cookies or pieces of old floppy disks. SÜ leaves to often recycled objects, a large part of expressiveness issue from their own condition.
Her almost sculptural installations raise space and sit on the center of the action in an accumulation of heterogeneous objects diverted from their usual function. Her overflowing creativity and the imposition of the heights or depths that she allows in canvases, astonishly surprise the visitor.
The uniqueness of the 3 Dimension on canvas let breathe in the themes, the subjects concerning life generally speaking showing a touch of humor and allows the work to follow its imaginary route out of the canvas. It goes beyond the framework and leaves visitors the opportunity to invent the end of the story!

ARB'A'OIZO (meaning Bird's tree) “ARB'A'OIZO (meaning Bird's tree)”

MIXED MEDIA 24X24X4 INCH
ACRYLIC, RUSTED SPRING, WOOD, PAPERS ON CANVAS

COCORICO “COCORICO”

MIXED MEDIA 2424x4 INCH
ACRYLIC, FORTUNE COOKIES, BANANA LEAVES, RUSTED MUFFIN PLATE, LINEN THREADS ON CANVAS

LUNE D'OGUNQUIT, MAINE “LUNE D'OGUNQUIT, MAINE”

(MOON FROM OGUNQUIT, MAINE)

MIXED MEDIA 24X24X6 INCH
ACRYLIC, DRIED PEA PODS, HEATING PIPE ON CANVAS

MY BICYCLE “MY BICYCLE”

MIXED MEDIA 24X24X5 INCH
ACRYLIC, RUSTED BIKE CHAIN, RUSTED METAL COVER ON CANVAS