Themes of territory and landscape are central to Eveline Boulva’s art practice. Territory here is defined as a geo-social space in which collective identities and imagination are an integral part. This is the raw material of landscape from which the artist’s subjective perception of natural or humanized spaces is conceived.
Preliminary trips and journeys are an essential part of Eveline Boulva’s creative process. This is when she observes and experiences the territory in order to analyse it and understand its specific character. She then tries to translate and express the intrinsic heterogeneousness and the specificities of these spaces in the form of paintings and drawings, conveyors of a sense of belonging to one’s milieu.
During the Symposium, the artist will work from photographs taken while on an airplane, flying over the St. Lawrence River. These paintings will express experiences of the journey, and evoke moments of both dreaming and analytically observing the land.
In the form of diptychs, the paintings will be built up through superposing multiple layers of meticulously applied acrylic glazing, starting from lightly tinted gray to coloured glazes. The digital matrix isolating each of these nuances will be cut out of vinyl film and serve as a stencil for applying the successive layers of pictorial matter.
In this sense, the representation here takes on a topographic character in which the darkest tones are applied first,and then superposed on them are increasingly lighter tones up until white, gradually constructing reliefs.
Eveline Boulva was born in Quebec City where she lives and works. She holds a PhD from Laval University, combining visual arts and geography.
For the past fifteen years, she has presented her work in many solo exhibitions at the Musée du Bas-Saint-Laurent, at Expression: Centre d’exposition in Saint-Hyacinthe and at the Centres d’exposition Rouyn-Noranda and Shawinigan as well as in group exhibitions, such as C’est arrive près de chez vous at the Musée national des Beaux-arts du Québec in 2008. She also has participated in artist residencies in Canada and internationally. She has produced public art works and her artworks are in private and museum collections in Canada and abroad. She is represented by Galerie Lacerte.
In 2008, she received the Prix Videre for her exhibition Épures presented at galerie Engramme in 2007.