Image: Installation view of Skawennati, exhibition at the Art Gallery at Evergreen, 2021. Photo by Rachel Topham Photography.

Lyse Lemieux: So dawn goes down to day

September 17 – November 13, 2022

Image: Lyse Lemieux, Dorsale La Couleur de mes mots, 2022, acrylic on canvas. Photo by Rachel Topham Photography.

About the Exhibition

This solo exhibition focuses on recent paintings by Vancouver-based contemporary artist Lyse Lemieux. The artists interdisciplinary practice also encompasses drawing, sculpture and installation, through which she explores the space between abstraction and representation. Her hallmark use of stylized ovals, appendages, fabric and felt illustrate the artists deep engagement with the human (and notsohuman) figure that carries throughout her artmaking, which spans more than forty years. So dawn goes down to day brings attention to the artists recent incorporation of luscious colour into her paintings.

The exhibition features works from several series made within the last five years that are connected by an undercurrent of emotional tension. The accompanying earlier sculpture, Collared Column (2016), points to the ongoing influence of textiles in Lemieuxs practice, emerging in recent paintings through intense patterning and colour that mimics fabric. This vibrant exhibition of paintings on paper and canvas reveals the porous membrane between internal and external landscapes, which the artist explores through the psychological resonance of colour, the fragmented and hybrid human form, motifs from nature and the grid. 

Situated on the shores of Lafarge Lake in Town Centre Park, Evergreen Cultural Centre (ECC) exists on the unceded, traditional and ancestral core territory of the kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem) First Nation, which lies within the shared territories of the səli̓lwətaɁɬ təməxʷ (Tsleil-Waututh), S’ólh Téméxw (Stó:lō), qiqéyt (Qayqayt) and sq̓əc̓iy̓aɁɬ təməxʷ (Katzie), xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish) nations in the region known today as the Tri-Cities.