Steampunk artist shares spotlight at exhibit

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By Adam Brazeau
CORNWALL, Ontario - A relatively new art form that mixes vintage and modern themes with a futuristic vibe will be adorning the walls of The Art Gallery (TAG) Cornwall next month.

TAG's annual juried show wrapped up on Friday, March 14, but second-place winner Susan 'SooZ' Jillette is returning with her popular Steampunk paintings for a new exhibit.

She will be sharing the spotlight with mixed media artist Marc Gagne in TAG's upcoming art exhibition Complementary Contrasts, which runs from April 8 to May 2.

"My works are a bit off the wall at times and people don’t quite know what to think of it," said Jillette, an acrylic –based painter from Rigaud, Quebec.

She will be showcasing pieces from her fantasy Steampunk collection. There will be works from the Improbable Creature and Porcelain Doll part of the series.

Jillette described Steampunk as a subgenre of science fiction and fantasy featuring advanced machines and other technology based on steam power of the 19th century and taking place in a recognizable historical period or a fantasy world.

"I guess my love of fantasy in all genres and my sense of humour inspires me the most," she said. "I find that I can throw almost anything into a Steampunk piece and create something that is interesting to me, and of course quite fantastic."

Sylvie Lizotte, TAG executive director, said the contrasting differences between Jillette and Gagne's artwork enhance one another.

Ottawa artist Gagne received an honourable mention at the recent annual juried art show for a striking piece that mixed oil, encaustic, books, and metal on canvas and wood.

Jillette noted that although she's new to the TAG scene, she was quite impressed with the expansive exhibition space it provides and the support that it extends to its artists. The seasoned painter also commended the gallery for its free educational programs.

"The director seems well-organized and has a good eye for what will show well and benefit the community," said Jillette. "I think the people of Cornwall should be proud to have such a gallery."

To view Susan 'SooZ' Jillette's art, visit www.sooz.ca.

To view Marc Gagne's art, visit marcgagneartist.com

For more information about TAG, visit www.tagcornwall.ca.

Geographic location: Quebec, Ottawa, Cornwall

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