BEATRICE DREUX - ARTIST INFO
In her paintings and drawings, Béatrice Dreux (1972 Versailles/France) sees nature and landscape as projection spaces where viewers’ emotional memories of beauty, drama, endless depth and transience are linked with components from media and history. Important historical references are the images created by the photographer Gustave Le Gray and the painter Caspar David Friedrich. Dreux focuses and interprets these artists’ different constructions of a romantic landscape. She does not present untouched nature or the belief in some sacrosanct image. Instead, she shows this alleged natural and eternal subject as something that has a tradition and has been tampered with by history, demonstrating that approaching nature inevitably entails approaching already existing images. It is this dual quality of nature as a bearer of evolutionary logic and a place of unpredictable turbulence and catastrophe that lays the foundations for focusing on nature’s fleeting, transient and changeable characteristics. Blurred cloud formations, dusky twilights and the shimmering play of sunlight in these images are a visible expression of hidden forces and processes. The view of landscape as nature that is historically and aesthetically constructed, as a work of cultural memory and the human spirit is enhanced with inviting mythical and emotional aspects.