Sophie Lavoie BFA '02

Artist statement

I was born in Nova Scotia, and grew up intimately connected to its Atlantic coast. This upbringing plays a central role as an inspirational catalyst in my series of underwater seaweed paintings.

I believe subconsciously there is a connection with us and the sea, a primeval attraction, that we are drawn to it; that it calls to somewhere deep inside all of us.  The discovery and exploration of the underwater world have awoken intense emotions in me since early childhood.

My work strives to communicate the spirit the underwater, the energy that resonates the language of the sea, unheard but deeply felt. I like to compare this ecosystem to a fetus, weightless in its mother’s womb... that the immersion in this underwater world serves as an open door to our most primitive memories.

Using variety of media, watercolours, pastels, and ink, I explore the subtle language of this underwater world; painting the dancing seaweeds, the play of light and shadow, of textures, and movement. A visual translation of our ancient home.


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Sun Dance, 2013
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 La Paix d'Esprit, 2015
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Terre Mer, 2014