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"HELIOS - works inspired by the Sun: Bettina Forget"
2005-05-07 until 2005-06-04
galerie ART en majuscule
Montreal, QC, CA Canada

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, Canada.

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/


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