Crissy Arseneau is a Canadian artist creating hard-edge abstract works in watercolour and hand-cut paper. Her practice explores attention and contemplation, time and place, and our relationship to the natural and built environments.
Material choice and the artist’s bent toward problem-solving, applying order, and striving for flawlessness lead the process of making each piece. Loosely painted with watercolour, precision is introduced when cutting the paper into crisp colour bands and geometric pieces. Upon closer inspection, the hand of the artist may be revealed through subtle irregularities in the pigments and paper edges.
When the elements are puzzled together, the illusion of movement and volume is created through variations in paint application and the interaction of angular shapes, recalling refracted light, shifting terrain, streams and pathways, and architectural projections. This appearance of dimension is amplified when the work is presented floating within its frame. With this, actual volume is introduced, producing shadow, allowing the object to operate on multiple planes.