Lyse Lemieux: Soldiers and Vesperers
March - May 2009
Both the Soldiers and the Vesperers are part of larger bodies of work. Although the watercolours, a practice I’ve had for over thirty years, have never been shown, they are my most private and personal work. The Vesperer digital paintings, the second of three series started in 2006 are about faces and portraiture, how small gestures are craterial shifts - retractions and additions delineating shifting states of mind.
SOLDIERS (watercolour on paper, 2008)
Broken and shamed, the soldiers draw us in. Wounded but standing they remain vulnerable and on guard, facing the same enemy, the same fear and the same direction, saluting and dancing.
VESPERER (lightjet , 2008)
A visage that remains anonymous, blind and whispering, worships in the late afternoon as dark imitates light.