Jaime Thibeau is a Canadian artist who explores the concepts of self and representation through her mixed media portraits. She lives in a small Ontario town with her ever-growing family of humans and cats.
“Many Canadian artists, particularly those in rural settings, focus primarily on the geography of the land. I don’t blame them. Canada is beautiful! Tour any art gallery outside of the major cities and you will find dozens of beautifully rendered realistic and expressionistic landscapes, quaint pictures of horses and barns, rivers and streams, fields of wheat, flower gardens, and a variety of charming critters all beautifully rendered in soft, muted colours. This is not to say the art of portraiture does not exist here. It certainly does. What you will be hard-pressed to find is anything interesting, anything controversial, anything that grabs you by the balls or whatever and makes you question “Is this art?”
Fellini once said, “All art is autobiographical.” I’m with him. My entire life story is woven into my art. From my first drawings of monsters and ghosts to my current abstract topographies, I have always been my own subject. Why not? After all, who or what does one know better than one’s self?
Initially, it seems a rather selfish act to study oneself. To draw or paint or sculpt your own face, your own hands and feet and every other part, in either great detail or with much broader strokes, over and over and over. And, on the surface, it is. Other people and things are far more interesting, are they not?