Bordering on the limits of what can be considered real or imaginary, Catherine Villermé’s paintings stand at the crossroads of figurativism and abstraction.
This artist’s main goal is to leave space for emotion, thus creating landscapes formed by a type of interior vision, producing surreal even subconscious worlds.
Figurative painting is a way for her to tell an emotional story. Catherine Villermé believes in impulses, in listening to vibrations, to frequencies. Because each canvas reveals something that we all carry within ourselves, but that we’re so blissfully unaware of.
In order to create her pictorial projects, Villermé immerses herself in a musical environment in order to build a story little by little about feelings. After a battle with a long illness, Catherine Villermé now draws her inspiration from surpressed and forgotten memeories, where ocean and forest meet.
Oil on canvas is this artist’s medium of choice for accomplishing her works, a technique that imposes its time, sometimes forcing her to work on an emotion to painstaking extents even reaching the point of self-forgetfulness.
The oil allows all the remorse, all the resumptions, all the overlays, it allows her to confess all her truths, but also lie at the same time.
In her paintings, Catherine Villermé likes to play with light and create colored partitions with the help of brush, a spatula, a finger, a rag, without leaving anything out. She is indeed constantly in search of ways to portray and depict her deepest expectations and desires.
Catherine Villermé has always practiced painting, without resorting to academic training, working with other artists with whom she feels emotional complicity. The age of her practice is not that of the commercialization of her paintings, which dates back only two or three years because she finally has time to work hard, to deepen her research, and to complete certain projects. She wants to be able to do and undo and let the surprising happen.