By: Sandra Chevrier
Year of completion: 2018
Sandra Chevrier is one of Canada’s most important and relevant artist’s today. The montreal native makes her dreamy characters seemingly emerge from a surreal world onto the canvas, wherein a dance is performed between illusions and emotion. Chevrier seeks to expose the limitations we set within our worlds, our expectations and frailties. Her series ‘’Superhero Cages’’ garnered international acclaim by depicting women trying to find freedom from society’s twisted preconceptions. Represented in cages of brash paint strokes, or comic books, the masks represent women’s individuality and symbolize the plight of false expectations of beauty and perfection. These masks also represent social limitations that corrupt what truly is beautiful and lock women into prisons of highly-codified and narrow identities. By doing so, they are asked to become nothing short of superheroines.