Modern Eden Gallery presents Golden, an art show inspired by gold and featuring works that go beyond the mere material application to embody the cultural and historical implications of what is ‘golden’.
Throughout history—from the gilded palaces and monuments of the ancient world to the golden Baroque-style halls of Versailles—gold has been used to symbolize power, wealth, and prosperity. The lust for gold has inspired centuries of westward migration in search of lost cities of gold, roads paved with gold, and river valleys full of gold. Artists and craftsmen have used gold for thousands of years to engender status and to decorate gods and noblemen alike. Today in popular culture, gold is still a symbol used to represent the fabulous and fancy.
Marie-Eve Proteau works with unconventional materials which abolish the distinction between the pictural and the sculptural. She works with some old retro televisions and gives life back to them by becoming the medium of a representation forever motionless. Some paintings on canvas are also made with this concept and most recently some special series of paintings. A feminine theme prevails in her work in the form of surrealist portraits where the emotions are drawn from the complexity of a relationship between two people; expectation, worry, obsession, secret, domination. The translucent textures are in contradiction with some more disturbing and darker allusions. Her works has been exhibited in Canada, United States, Japan and Switzerland.