Abstract artist Catherine Bourassa-Hebert divides her time between Montréal and Boston, creating works in painting and printmaking. The artist’s works veer toward abstraction, though they often borrow recognizable forms along the way.
I enjoy Catherine’s particular approach to painted abstraction. In our previous feature of the artist’s patterns and prints, we looked at Catherine’s numerous Circle Studies. These paintings, while functioning as an ongoing series, vary wildly in terms of color and composition. The only thing that remains consistent throughout is the presence of the circular form.
Catherine’s use of geometry overall is very interesting – while her works are abstract, I get the sense that the geometric forms function in a way that human figures might, in a portrait or landscape. Similar to some works by Lili Phelouzat, Catherine’s geometric forms serve as a focal point, and perhaps a jumping-off point for the construction of an overall composition which incorporates a variety of different mark-making methods.