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"HELIOS - works inspired by the Sun: Bettina Forget"
2005-05-07 until 2005-06-04
galerie ART en majuscule
During May the galerie ART en majuscule in Montreal shows works from Bettina Forget's series HELIOS - works inspired by the Sun. The Helios Series takes you on a voyage to the Sun. See the
Sun's granulated surface, sun-spots, the photosphere, eclipses,
solar flares,... but not in the way you expect. These are not
astronomical illustrations, but interpretations of the subject matter.
Drawing a parallel between the Sun and fire, Bettina Forget
actually burns the canvas, leaving delicate scorch-marks on the
paint and the raw linen.
For her Eclipse paintings, she cuts holes
into the canvas and suspends the moon in the void with strings,
re-creating delicate sun-rays. Casts of fossils and seashells are
part of some paintings, pointing to the Sun as the origin of all
life on Earth. And re-appearing again and again are traces of
texts, written directly onto the canvas: astronomical data, personal
musings, a poem by Goethe,... "Painting for me is about taking
risks," says the artist. " I like to experiment with my materials
and my process of making art. My aim is to push each new
painting to its limits and not to repeat myself."
Bettina Forget's work deals mostly with astronomy and related
sciences. Her abstract, colourful canvases have been exhibited
in group and solo shows in Singapore, Germany, Canada,
Australia and the United States. Bettina is a member of the
International Association of Astronomical Artists (IAAA) and her
work is included in the "Artists' Universe" collection. She is a
full-time painter, working in her down-town studio in Montreal,
Bettina Forget markets her work with a Free Portfolio at absolutearts.com. View more of her work at http://www.absolutearts.com/portfolios/b/bettinaforget/