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Diane Obomsawin

The Worlds

May 25 to August 4, 2019

Curator _ Nicole Gingras

EXPRESSION, Centre d’exposition de Saint-Hyacinthe, hosts Diane Obomsawin, an artist well known and appreciated in the domains of film animation, comics and the visual arts. Obomsawin’s first solo exhibition, The Worlds, brings together a body of new works composed of comics and installations and, a few short animations from her filmography.

The Worlds takes us on a journey through stories that form a narrative path into Obomsawin’s imagination. Sustained by the poetry of each story, the originality of the spaces evoked, and the nature and delicacy of the forms themselves, the show explores the passageways and linkages that connect film animation, comics, drawing and installation. Obomsawin’s work is moving, and we are touched by its depth. It is impossible not to be affected by the ambivalent oscillation that emerges from the experience of each piece: between levity and gravity, a fragile movement calls out to us. Could this emotional quality stem from the philosopher’s gaze the artist brings to bear on the things around her? Or does it come instead from the sensual fluidity of her drawings or the guileless astonishment she transmits to her characters?

The Worlds deals with metamorphosis—the precondition for animated images. The works in the exhibition deal with transformations in the domains of dreams and symbols, drawing on mythological figures from Antiquity, such as those evoked by the Roman poet Ovid, and echoing the artist’s own mythology with its disconcerting terseness and disarming simplicity. With The Worlds, Obomsawin opens a new chapter in her art and affirms her concept of a world in motion.


Opening and guided tour on Saturday, May 25, at 2 p.m.