Bloom exhibits "Le
jardin d'Alice et d'autres mots..." at the Maison de la
culture Rivière-des-Prairies. Meet the artist session
Saturday, April 10th, 2010.
9001, boulevard Perras,
Québec 514 872-9425.
Bloom Embarks on a New Trip!
Written by Ilania Abileah
Photo: Louise Bloom at her studio, ironing a paper already printed
with background colour images, to be used for one of her scrolls.
Some artists go
about creating good artwork which manages to remain a very well
kept secret for years! However, fortunately, an artist may
experience an awakening go back to perfect their techniques to a
master painter's level, while taking the time to focus and search
within for new meanings and a new voice, utilising the personal
visual language already intertwined within images created in the
past. Suddenly, it all comes together, each image bears a visible
signature of the artist. An awakening is evident! There is no doubt
as to who created the image, and what's more, one collection,
follows the previous one with a fine thread that connects it all.
The artist has caught a wonderful creative wave and is flowing
with it, and so are we, the spectators. Whether we grasp all the
meanings that the artist has enmeshed in intricate visual stories or
not. We are taken into a mysterious inner world of an artist who
shares the wonders of the world with us. The tool may be an old,
well known fable....yet, we are jostled by the actuality of the
images. This is the story of the artist Louise Bloom, whose work
of the past few years has been blossoming into a creative outburst,
that is reaching a summit whose height is not yet defined.
On September 10, 2009, Louise Bloom embarks
on a trip that takes her artistic career into a new sphere. Her
trip begins with a stint in England. She will first spend a few days
in London, England, to breath in a bit of the thriving art world
there. Then she will visit a childhood home of two years in Bristol,
and the town of Stokebishop on Avon, not far from the University of
West England, where she is taking part in an amazing conference on
multidisciplinary print making called IMPACT. She was
accepted as one of the exhibitors, and given a thirty-foot (10
meters) wall, at the conference center. Louise will exhibit her
Scroll series Working Drawings for Transmission, and
etchings from the series Alice's Garden, as well as
the first work of the current series of lithography/collage
Alice's Awakening. (http://www.impact.uwe.ac.uk)
Bloom applied and was accepted for a three-week residency at the
Frans Masereel Centrum in Belgium (http://www.fransmasereelcentrum.be/).
She opted to work in both etching and lithography in order to
produce a small artist book that continues the journey into Alice's
Garden, entitled "Alice's Awakening". Following the
residency at Frans Masareel Centrum, she will visit with Natalie
Doyen (who participated in the Sentier Art3 project of
this summer at Bois de Belle Rivière in Ste. Scholastique, Mirabel)
in Brussels, Belgium.
eventful trip, Louise is scheduled to exhibit her work at the Wilder
and Davis Gallery. 257 Rachel Street East, Montreal, in November (http://www.wilderdavis.com)
514 289-0849. Also, some of her miniature prints will be exhibited
in a group show of print miniatures in Quebec City.
Bloom describes her work in her own words: "Alice in
Wonderland has been an icon of innocence and paradox. She
walks around Wonderland saying "curiouser and curiouser". Everything
to which we turn a blind eye in our culture, all those things that
are dangerous to us that we support, i.e.: genetic modification,
genocide, wife beating, etc., things that we normalize are inferred
in the image of my Alice. She is carrying around the production of
her Garden, as if it were proper and precious. The rabbit is saying
it's TOO LATE as he always did, a warning.... the saying "time an
tide wait for no man" is what my mother said to me if I didn't do my
homework on time...the mad hatter is eating the nova species from
Alice Garden instead of the toast he eats in the story at the tea
party, he is losing his shoes, unaware and he has a BAR CODE on his
hat in my illustration, instead of the price which is on the hat in
the original Alice... he is named CONSUMER # 1..... THIS IS WHAT OUR
CULTURE IS ABOUT ...... consumption, consumption and more
consumption. And then the MOCK TURTLE is crying in her soup so to
speak... kind of a mock grief for all our behaviour... and this is
no different than the TORAH... we are still dancing with the golden
calf..... and that is what this series is about. Essentially you
only have to look at the original pictures in the book to see the
impact of the restorying of the figures."
Louise also suggests
to read the review in Traces (August 2009) by Gilles Matte, "with
another viewpoint about our generation living with the threat of the
bomb...something that lived alongside our innocence making us very
As the keen educator
that Louise has always been, she is telling us visual stories based
on cultural symbols from the past, yet rendering them real and
prophetic. Louise, draws on a deeply spiritual inner world. Perhaps,
her new visual stories represent a sharing of her own prayers for an
awakening, which she hopes to incite in us, we may become as curious
as Alice, and ponder about the outcome of the story.
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