Celia Perrin Sidarous
Born in Montreal in 1982
136 x 172.8 cm (sight)
Purchase, Horsley and Annie Townsend Bequest, inv. 2019.212
Drawing back the cloth curtain, Celia Perrin Sidarous reveals her various fields of interest. This mise en abyme still life is a synthesis of her world, rich in references to art history, photography and cabinets of curiosities. An accumulation of made or collected objects, the arrangement includes natural and artificial materials (flowers, leaves and corals as well as ceramics, postcards and photographs). The artichokes, shells, lemons and images and the blue background evoke the Mediterranean, alluding to the artist’s Egyptian heritage and appearing as a leitmotif, a source of inspiration for her production. The grid in the background references the trompe-l’oeil effect in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Dutch still lifes, while the curtain in the foreground recalls a long tradition of Western religious and secular painting.