Review: Sandra Chevrier – Les Cages

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Mar 16-May 7
 

In portraits of Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly and other notable female faces, Canadian artist Sandra Chevrier juxtaposes iconic American superhero comic strips. Showing in the continually gentrifying Sai Ying Pun, Chevrier explains, “Cages is about women trying to find freedom from society’s twisted preconceptions of what a woman should or shouldn’t be. The women encased in these cages of brash imposing paint or comic books that mask their very person symbolise the struggles that women go through [facing] false expectations of beauty and perfection, as well as the limitations society places on women, corrupting what truly is beautiful by placing women in these prisons of identity. By doing so, society is asking them to become superheroes.”

As a single mum, businesswoman and an artist, Chevrier arguably feels these pressures more acutely than most. The artist expresses this through detailed depictions of the eyes of her figures, with carefully selected collages of comic strips enhancing the message. We particularly like the poignant depiction in The Cage and The Flag Ousted. Frustration and despair leap off the canvas through the vacant stare of the delicate blue eyes; while the comic strip shows the moment when Doomsday kills Superman. The Man of Steel’s tattered red cape, resembling a fallen flag, conveys Chevrier’s powerful message, “We are human, men and women, and we are entitled to the flaw, the error.”

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