Rebecca Chaperon's AntarticusIllustration // Friday, 27 Dec 2013
With a compulsion to create unique visual stories, Rebecca Chaperon takes the imaginative subjects of her illustrative paintings and establishes an ability to engage people by speaking to the enchantment of our human experience. Her paintings act as a means of storytelling, conveying the notion of human struggle in the 21st century. Tempered by references to the synthesized, modern world she combines the classical landscape aesthetics of the past with an aspect of ambient self-reflective self-portraiture.
Chaperon’s work sometimes seems to parallel the misadventures of various heroines from literary works; her current paintings often portray the narrative of a female protagonist within a slightly surreal landscape. Her work entertains the mind with possible narratives, while haunting with another, emotive undercurrent. Her subject matter ranges from ethereal and dream-like to darkly humorous, but often deals with the feminine perspective from an autobiographical point of view. These traces of self-reference often offer the viewer a point of entry to become engaged in her work.
Born in England in 1978, Rebecca settled in Toronto, Ontario at age 8. She attended Emily Carr University where she studied fine arts until graduation in 2002. She has exhibited her work across Canada and has been featured in several Canadian publications.