• PSYCHOLOGICAL SCENERY Painting Exhibition
  • Artist: Sylvie Denet
  • Critic: Fan Lin
  • Opening: 16:00 – 19:00 / 07.08.2010
  • Duration: 10:00 – 18:00 / 08.08.2010 – 10.09.2010 Dialy
  • Address: ANART. 2F, Building 13, M50, Shanghai.

Sylvie's artworks are a combination of everyday subject-matter and unique forms. In each photograph, the intensity of the situation emerges through the colour and the brushwork whilst the brushstrokes' concealment negate the photograph's details. However, Sylvie's artwork offers us in exchange another form, another vision, another experience of the traces of the brushstrokes, sufficient to transform even common and trivial things. Common scenes are imbued with a picturesque ambience. The importance of each moment, each scene of life, previously not to be found in an image, is awakened. Despite the individuality of each scene, they are all imbued with an universal quality which we can each identify with.

Clearly, the photograph itself does not merely provide the basis of the image. Firstly, it emphasizes the artist's vision, the vision of an alternative life and scene. Sylvie is definitely a roaming artist who unceasingly highlights the weird and wonderful aspects of life. Due to this roaming activity, the artwork clearly emphasizes the altered angles of vision and slow transformation of the scenes. A lack of fascination with the status and traces of the 'otherness' of foreign places is also clearly revealed, the mood is not at all strong. The emergence of the paintbrush alters the specific scene, such that afterwards, we have no way of guessing the relationship between the image and the real scene. Therefore, Sylvie has temporarily dismissed what was once the photograph's main function and goal; to record the reality of the scenery. On the contrary, she willingly puts down the inherent request in conformance with the picture, envisioning even more interesting psychological scenery.


Extracted from Fan Lin "Psychological Scenery"