(Image: Blandine Saint-Oyant, Into Dawn 3, oil/canvas, 24 x 24 x 1.5 inches; © Blandine Saint-Oyant)
Blandine Saint-Oyant (b. Lyon, France)
My work explores the relationship between various dichotomies – formality and random play, structure and spontaneity, control and fluidity, calmness and exuberance. I regard these as fundamental formal issues in contemporary abstract painting, and they provide a framework for personal expression. I have developed a process that employs diverse methods of mark-making and juxtaposes different combinations of color and surface quality. Paint is brushed on, spread, and poured, with both glossy and matt surfaces, fluid and solid media. My aim is to create a space in which contrasting visual elements are interwoven into a complex and fluid composition.
In many of the paintings, the colors are excessive and provocative, and the picture plane is divided by a transparent glaze that creates a rupture in the composition. The thin outline enclosing many of the pours is an ornamentation that adds a layer of complexity and self-consciousness.
Education: Studied Visual Art & Art Pedagogy at University of Paris I /Sorbonne, France, 1997-98. BFA and Diploma in Painting, School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University, Boston, MA 1986-89. Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL Studies: Art history, Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Performance Art 1983-85.
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