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Lori Bagnérès

Lori Bagnérès is an artist, curator and educator based in North Vancouver British Columbia. She holds a MFA from L’Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts de Grenoble, France.  Bagnérès maintains a regular studio practice in her home studio and her mixed media work is exhibited in private and public galleries throughout B.C and Ontario. Recent exhibitions include The Toronto Artist Project TAP 2018/2019, The Interior Design Show: IDS West, Vancouver, The Cityscape Gallery, North Vancouver, and both The Pendulum Gallery and The George Gallery in Vancouver.

Bagnérès combines muted horizons of paint and other mediums with her photographs using a transfer process that helps to define her unique surreal style—one that playfully mixes realism with abstraction. Her artwork derives its depth from the interconnectedness of spaces that humans share with the environment and ultimately speaks about adaptability and resiliency in nature.

The artworks in this collection by Lori Bagnérès are from her ‘Urban Edge’ and ‘Fragmented Landscape’ series.  Their multilayered surfaces consist of a wide range of media including gesso, acrylic paint, acrylic gouache, spray paint and image transfer. The final coat is comprised of either cold wax medium and oil or acrylic encaustic –  a technique that she has developed throughout many years in her practice of art making.

“My recent series ‘New Arcadia’ is informed by a sense of awareness around the interconnectedness of trees. The Hidden Life of Trees, by Peter Wohlleben, has given me a fresh perspective on my approach to representing the natural landscape. In his book, Wohlleben reveals that trees speak their own silent language, communicating complex information in subtle ways, via smell, taste and electronic impulses. Much like humans, trees in fact, have a viable interest in keeping every member of their community alive.

With this new perspective, my method to creating has evolved towards a more pastoral genre of landscape, representing groups of trees in synergy.  I continue to build layers using acrylic paint with image transfer, leading to cold wax and oil as the final layer.

Since the onset of the global pandemic, there has been significant disruption to our social networks. With ‘New Arcadia’, my aim is to communicate the importance of sustaining symbiosis in our human and natural world.”

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