“I was amazed of how beautiful and young noblewoman my mother looked like.” - the artist
Q: We were impressed by your style of photography with many textures. What led you to develop this technique?
A: I have always been very attracted by texture. I have used a lot of painting and collage in my previous work, and also made my own paper and let the pulp dried on the canvas, in order to create interesting texture to work on. I like to provoke the desire to touch the work, even though it is not allowed in galleries and museums, for understandable reason. When we look at a textured work, not only do we see it, but it also interacts with our sense of touch. Both senses are awakened.
Q: What inspires your subject matter?
A: At the death of my mother, my siblings and I went through a box of 1940’s photographs, and I was amazed of how beautiful and young noblewoman my mother looked like. So, I put aside some pictures of her and decided that I would eventually make an art project out of it.
Q: Can you describe the materials you use and your creative process?
A: The photographs described above, were digitally manipulated, they were collaged and merged with other photographs of mine or with pictures of some of my paintings. The final photomontages were printed on different textured or non-textured Fine Art paper. To some of them, thread or wool stitching were added, and holes were punched.
Q: We were impressed with your Best in Show piece, titled Noblewoman 11, as well as the rest of the collection. Tell us more about this piece/series.
A: Noblewoman 11, is a 1949 photograph of my mother, merged with a photograph of mine of a stormy sky in Kamouraska, Quebec, with modification and enhancement of the colors. The final result is a 24’’ x 12’’, printed photo on a professional metallic silver photo paper.
I considered that some of the pieces of this series did not need any more work then the digital collage, like Noblewoman 11. For others, I brought the printed digital photos with me in an art residency In Iceland, where I added texture and color with thread and wool.
Q: What do you hope for viewers to take away from your art?
A: Poetry and soul. I want my artwork to serve as a tool that enhance how we experience a room. Feel good, not just look good. It is about transforming somebody’s atmosphere and ambiance. It is said that 87% of our lives are inside buildings, so I would like my work to imbue people with a sense of well-being, empowerment and gentle joyfulness in these buildings. Making the ordinary extraordinary.
Q: How do you view your art career in five years?
A: Hopefully to keep on offering more and more value to people. My art business is about helping people in their day-to-day life, by enriching their environment, and adding to their sum of happiness. The more I grow, the more I can be helpful with the process of creation.
I aspire to make more businesses with decorators, hotels and public spaces. I also would like to cooperate to fund-raising campaign, for the progress of social causes.
About the artist:
Anne-Julie Hynes graduated from Concordia University of Montreal, Canada in 1991. Working with different mediums such as acrylic, collage, textile art, sculpture and photography, her work has been shown in different publications. She has been active in over fifty (50) exhibitions in Canada, China, Poland, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Hungary and Tahiti, and also has been chosen to participate in different research and creation art residencies around the world.
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