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Geneviève Cadieux

Tears

Artist

Geneviève Cadieux
Born in Montreal in 1955

Title

Tears

Date

1995

Materials

Chromogenic print mounted on Plexiglas, 1/2

Dimensions

81 x 122 cm

Credits

Gift of W. Bruce C. Bailey in honour of Guy Cogeval, inv. 2003.106

Collection

Graphic Arts

The Montreal artist Geneviève Cadieux explores the limits of photography for poetic ends. In Tears, which depicts a snow-filled sky, the close-up view eliminates any referents or identifiers. The detail provides no clarification, but rather plunges us into ambiguity. Enlarged and blurred, the image conjures up an atmospheric monochrome, an all-over composition that introduces an interplay of medium and surface lending it a painterly dignity. Metaphorical and melancholic, the work asks us to think about nature, in this case snow, in emotional terms.

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