Sophie Jodoin – “Vigils” – 2009
Sophie Jodoin – “Vigils”
Newzones is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new work by Sophie Jodoin.
Striking psychological portraits, Jodoin’s new “Vigils” series is as much about the viewer’s reaction to the work as it is about the figures within. Serious yet not overly dramatic, technically skilled but not flashy or precious, Jodoin’s drawings tiptoe between how we perceive her isolated figures verses how society allows us to see them. Her drawings have been labeled as ‘intimate’ and ‘vulnerable’ yet share an aesthetic that hinges on fragility of the human body yet are keenly aware of their roots in art making practices.
Standing, waiting, facing away in a row, “Vigils” is a portrait series where the face is never seen. The subjects of this series, in their dark coats, are turned toward a white abyss. As viewers we peer over their shoulders, study their hair, follow their gaze on a vulnerable voyage over tides of memories.The figures repeat anonymously yet recognizable, similar yet distinct. Hands in pockets, bodies quiet, a drama is implied. These are portraits of encounters with life and with mortality.
Born in Montreal in 1965, Sophie Jodoin received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Concordia University in 1988 and then studied anatomy at the New York Academy of Art. In 2009, Sophie will be exhibiting extensively throughout Quebec, both publically and commercially. She also completed a February residency at Centre Sagamie in Quebec. Sophie was one of the few artists selected to represent Montreal for “Made in Canada: Contemporary Art in Montreal”, an exhibition at the Plattsburgh State University Museum in New York.