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Edith Lebeau: Magical Maven

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Whimsical and dream-like narratives haunt the imagination of Edith Lebeau, and then she makes them a reality.

by Sydney Walters

 

 

Canadian artist Edith Lebeau nods to fairy tales and mythology in her visionary characters suspended a dream-like realm. Ominous backgrounds spotted with stars summon an alien nature in her portraits. Her fixation with the exotic began as a teenager. “It probably started with The Interview with a Vampire, Dracula, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” In other words, it’s the things that go bump in the night that spark her creativity. “There is so much more to horror than just vampires, werewolves, zombies and other monsters, but those weirdos are what fills my dreams.”

Her fascination with what is hiding under the bed results in the fabrication of a place of protection. In her self-portrait “Home,” Lebeau clutches a home the size of a dollhouse to her chest. In “Neighbourhood,” tiny homes sit side by side atop a woman’s head like a crown. “’Home’ for me is a place in which I feel protected from the outside world,” she comments. And home doesn’t necessarily look like four walls with a roof.  These isolated characters may be tucked in a cocoon of feathers, swathed in hair, or adorned with bubble-like plants.

Drawing inspiration from Mother Nature and myths of warrior women, her rendering of the female sex is heroic. Laced with symbols of mysticism, these women transform from the ordinary to the divine. Their intrepid poise adds another appropriation of guardianship. The assertion is that in order to face the darkness, you have to be fearless. And a little bit of magic couldn’t hurt.

 

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“Home”

 

"Neighbourhood"

“Neighbourhood”

 

"Someone's been eating my porridge"

“Someone’s been eating my porridge”

 

"Stardust"

“Stardust”

 

"Ne m'oublie pas"

“Ne m’oublie pas”

 

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“Feather Weather”

 

"Légère comme une plume"

“Légère comme une plume”

 

"Le secret"

“Le secret”

 

"Aurora"

“Aurora”

 

"Hide and Seek"

“Hide and Seek”

 

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Living dead girl"

Living dead girl”

 

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Portrait of artist Sarah Joncas.

Portrait of artist Sarah Joncas.

 

Collab with Casey Weldon for the Modern Eden Gallery.

Collab with Casey Weldon for the Modern Eden Gallery.

 

Art for Yay! Horror Movie A Day.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer art for Yay! Horror Movie A Day.

 

 

View more work by Edith Lebeau on her website.

Follow Edith Lebeau: Twitter, Instagram.

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Sydney Walters is a Los Angeles based artist/writer specializing in feminism. She received her BFA from Biola University in La Mirada, California. Her work explores the often paradoxical nature of women by reassigning meaning to works in art history that constitute female objectification. During her undergraduate career, Sydney's work was exhibited in curated shows in Los Angeles and New York. She is also a regular contributor to online art magazines. She currently lives in Los Angeles, where you can find her in the nearest coffee shop.

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