“Layering architectural forms and diagrammatic lines over erasing patches of mixed colour, and then repeating the process, Djaballah gives her canvases the halting, piecemeal dynamism of stop-motion animation.”
- R.M. Vaughn, Globe and Mail
Inspired by the landscape surrounding her Montreal studio – tightly packed alleyways, ship yards, oil refineries, clothing lines tangled with the day’s wash, old industrial buildings, and the interior of the studio itself – Anne-Laure Djaballah paints a window into another world. In it, structures, colours, and textures tell stories about our relationship with the constructed world. In Anne-Laure’s paintings, heavy oil paint entwines with frenetic, yet thoughtful, line work of pencil and oil stick. The lines drift in and out of focus, weaving through many translucent layers of paint, giving the work a multilayered atmospheric depth of field. These abstract paintings reference urban landscapes filtered through a reductive process of carving out negative space and linking positive spaces. Flashes of intense colour contrast against somber, graphic, block forms. The familiar seems to dangle just out of reach, the common becoming uncommon, drawing the viewer further into the artist’s new world.
Anne-Laure received her Bachelors of Fine Arts from Concordia University in Montreal, and completed further interdisciplinary studies in Vancouver’s Regent College, University of British Columbia. She has just completed her Masters of Fine arts at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta. Her first solo show was at Vancouver’s Lookout Gallery, where she also participated in a number of group shows. In 2008, she exhibited at the Festival International Montréal en Arts (FIMA) where she won two Prix découvertes, for a solo exhibition at the Galerie Dentaire, as well as one at Georges Laoun in 2009. Anne-Laure currently lives and works in Montréal.