As a Montrealer evolving in a Quebec concerned by Global warming, my questions on mass consumption has slowly risen since the year 2000, nourishing my artistic quest. My art serves as a visual critical statement, a sensitive interrogation of a daunting ecological issue of our time, the impending waste disposal problem of our consumerist culture.
As a result in my recent work, my thematic creations are linked to climatic changes, ecological and social catastrophes. Using recycling objects, cans, lids, bottle caps, computer parts and bicycle parts, I explore aesthetic concepts to represent hope and regeneration. Though, the prospect of environmental disasters is quite unsettling, creating art out of waste becomes a promising solution by imaginatively channelling our thoughts to recycling and waste disposal. Hence, the act of creating becomes an inspiring tale of life emerging out of death.
In addition, creating from recycled objects emphasizes on the individual role and personal contribution of each in reinforcing a social collective consciousness. In the face of the recent economic meltdown, and the gross economic disparity between the rich and the poor, and between wealthy nations and impoverished Third World nations, we all need to commit to social and economic justice as well as to the restoration of our environment to a health state.I believe that this vision is an essential challenge for future generations. With the arts serving a social mission, I would like for my work to contribute to the building, of a constructive society based on equity
The origin of my work is based on African contemporary and traditional art, since I am esthetical and emotionally attached to it. Reflecting on culture and identity is not unusual for an artist. However in a globalization context, my work which always reflected a cultural basis, will contribute further to our reflection on our historical, social and collective consciousness.
Marie-Denise Douyon 3839 rue Saint André Montreal Quebec H2L 3V9