About The Work
The Faces series is inspired by the uniqueness and beauty of each face and how a face expresses emotions. Through the sensual depth and texture of her portraits, Maude Arsenault candidly explores the nature of her subject. Fascinated by morphological features, the artist favours tight crops to capture an intimate moment. By using a long lens, the artist is able to achieve close-ups while keeping a distance from the subject resulting in a less-guarded portrait revealing emotions of vulnerability, strength or fragility.
WHAT TYPE OF PAPER IS THE PHOTOGRAPH PRINTED ON?
All prints are Digital Pigment prints on museum-quality acid-free papers such as Museum Etching, Canson Rag and Arches Velin. These papers are designed to meet galleries and museum longevity requirements and ensure consistency of shades 200 years old. The choice of paper is suggested by the Photographer according to his or her preferences.
WHAT IS THE PRINTING PROCESS USED?
All prints are Digital Pigment Prints using the latest top of the line technology, archival high dynamic inks and 200 years old life paper.
IS THE IMAGE SIZE THE SAME AS THE PAPER SIZE?
NO! Our prints are on standard paper sizes and we don’t alter the image size and proportions to fit the paper. Each print has a minimum of 0.5 inch white border. This is an artistic decision that belongs to the artist. Margins don’t normally exceed 2-4 inches on each side depending on the final paper size.
Maude Arsenault is a photographer and the mother of three children. Her work is very influenced by the feminist question and the relationship women have with their body. Through her photographs, she explores the themes of eroticism, nudity, beauty and transitional moments associated with puberty, motherhood, and the exploration of sexuality. Maude is thus working to create fictions, distilled from the real, featuring children, adolescents and young women as subjects, organized in the form of tableaux or portraits. The artist explores the traces of the unconscious during childhood and their possible transpositions in adult life.
While at first Maude photographs may give the impression of using an aesthetic language, there is rather a delicate research wishing to reveal the intimate universe of its protagonists, drawing a thin line between voyeurism, malaise and candour. At the center of her photographic works there’s young girls or children exposed to explore subjects related to identity and perception often altered by adults in today’s society.
Using the medium of photography since her beginnings, Maude has recently begun the exploration of other art forms such as video, installation, sculpture and painting. Chambre de jeunes filles shown here as a first draft, is a first series in that way.
Maude Arsenault lives and works in Montreal, she has been a photographer for more then 20 years and has been published internationally. In 2013, she founded the “The Print Atelier” an online art photography gallery. She is also currently pursuing studies in art history at University of Montreal. Her work has been exhibited several times in Canada and the US since 2001 and her photographs are part of many private collections.
For more information you can visit her website at: www.maudearsenault.com