Originally from Québec in Canada, Mélanie Giguère is a passionate artist who has pursued painting, photography and fashion. Since early childhood, she has had a vital need to create and connect with the world around her. Her first step towards a career in the arts was a fine arts diploma, which she completed with technical training in fashion design. After graduating in 2000, she held a Fashion Designer position for several years with a renowned department store.
Her constant probing of volume and her natural desire to manipulate raw materials have naturally led to the development of a unique technique, the Foldart, that involves manipulating and folding the canvas of her paintings during the process of creation. This way, she adds a sculptural element that brings a 3D aspect to what is essentially a 2D medium. Her paintings harness the impact of contrasts by juxtaposing the negative with the positive, fines lines with random strokes, and lively colours with black and white. This technique animates the subject, adding to it a dynamic element that suggests that it is striving to break-free from the clutches of its habitual frame.