My artwork is informed and inspired by my home, Galiano Island, my neighbourhood Mount-Pleasant in Vancouver, and by my frequent travels through Southern BC., Quebec and the Netherlands. I am a contemporary painter and printmaker and photographer. I am currently exploring the creative and aesthetic possibilities offered by layering these works with digital technology.
My work is deeply connected to my love of life as I experience it around me. But also to this ancient role of art-making….. some kind of a bridge maker between our species, other forms of life and the vastness of our world by making beauty around us.
And now “About Francine Renaud” with more detail if you will…….
What makes Francine Renaud’s Artwork Vital?
Francine works from Galiano Island and Vancouver BC. She is part of both communities and travels across the Salish Sea regularly. She also travels often throughout southwestern BC as well as Quebec and the Netherlands. Her family inhabits a wide world…. This accounts for a feeling of seeking rootedness and a sense of cultural overview in her work.
The discovery of and connection to these geographical areas, their histories, and their architecture accounts for her broad perspective regarding these very different communities and environments. There is a keen interest in observing what they look like and how they relate…There is also a keen interest in constructing an identity for the particular cultural mosaic that is BC at this point in time.
Francine Renaud is a Mixed-Media artist. She works at combining different techniques to best express the image or project in the making. These techniques include drawing, painting, airbrushing, the woodcut, screen-printing and photography. She brings these means into play through layers of hands on and digital technology… not always in the same order…
Vancouver offers her the opportunity to work at Malaspina Printmaker Society on Granville Island amongst a warm community of local and international printmakers It is also an exciting place to be exploring contemporary green aesthetics. Galiano Island offers the intimacy of a long time spent in a green island community where the Coast Salish Band and Settlers are rekindling cooperation and shared knowledges to best adapt to the changing times. Galiano has had indigenous villages for 3000 years and an ongoing settler artistic community for more than fifty years….
Francine Renaud often thinks and notices the need to distill and express what is particular to localities in a fresh way, so we, the settler people standing side by side with the indigenous ones can enjoy a strong sense of identity, grounded and connected to the place that nourishes us, while being clearly branded in the global arena.
She senses the urgency to take responsibility for the immense privilege we have to live on our spot of this beloved planet. Her work is to help in this way.
Listen to her Muse….
She likes to explore this most amazing territory now called BC. She thinks there is a new culture in the making. She searches for the gifts to be found in the multicultural fabric that surround her. She senses the importance of sharing the wisdom and memories of her ancestors… as well as learning the wisdom of all of her neighbours’ ancestors.
This Muse hopes to heal our rapidly changing communities and piece together, connect, bit by bit, the birth of each of our local identities. This time, she says, let’s have styles and cultures really connected to each place…… She adores our BC landscapes and First Nation cultures. She has a keen interest in flora and fauna as graphic icons. Let the visual speak…she wispers…..
She likes to play at looking through an ethnic lens picking one from the variety of cultures in our communities. This hybridity is integral to her contemporary art practice…
As a musician she looks for patterning rhythms and colors to stir up the right moods for our man made spaces. She knows colours can heal, energize, as well as transform our feeling of space instantly.
Now take a look, you will see prints and panels.They have received the colours textures and symbols shaped by brushes, gouges and fancy stencils. Big printing presses, easels and digital printers have helped generate these vital surfaces. The are now ready to receive your gazes.
From the Pacific Rim, Coast of the Salish Sea,
Francine Renaud BFA,