‘Nurturing the Mermaid’ by Sybiline
Title: ‘Nurturing the Mermaid’
Medium: Oil on wood panel, marquetry frame made by the artist (Bubinga / Brazilian Satinwood / Decorative inlay and one faceted natural blue Topaze)
Dimensions: 18″ x 14″ (iincluding frame)
Year of Creation: 2023
About the Artwork:
“Some people think that mermaids do not exist. It’s obvious that they don’t know about imagination. In this painting, you see the stream of imagination that can transform a cat in a mermaid, a dark day into a radiant day and a dull life into an adventure. The colors are smooth, pastel. This a a tale of transformation. The transformation that can happen when you let yourself go and you change the lens by which you see life. It’s up to you. You can hold a cat or choose to nurture a mermaid.
The marquetry frame is reminiscent of ancient illuminated manuscripts. As the first letter of a fairy tale, it’s the portal to a beautiful story.” – Sybiline
About the Artist:
Sybiline is a Canadian artist based in Quebec. Holder of a bachelor’s degree in visual art from Laval University, she continued her research, self-taught, on traditional techniques of ancient painting. Fascinated by portraiture, she explored the depths of human identity very early on. Her desire to express the invisible, which she calls ”the interior garden” of the human being, naturally directs her work towards imaginary and symbolic worlds. Her work, in which each brushstroke evolves gently, is guided by a spiritual nature. Since her very first creation, the artist has considered painting to be an invaluable means of establishing silent and confidential contacts with her audience.
The artist works mainly with oil. Her passion for this medium has never stopped growing. The integration of wood into her universe brings her discoveries and extraordinary challenges. This new practice allows her to come into direct contact with nature and it is not without thinking of her father, cabinetmaker and turner that she looks at each piece of wood as an artwork by itself. In her workshop, the smells of oils, essences and sawdust are the mixture of a recipe whose proofs are still to be done.
Her paintings have been exhibited in several major galleries around the world such as Modern Eden (California), Abend Gallery (Colorado), Illuxcon (Pennsylvania), Penumbra (Portugal), Federation Gallery (Vancouver), Gristle (New York), Youn (Quebec), Arta Gallery (Ontario), Greenhouse Gallery (Texas).