Eve St-Jean is an artist from Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, now living and working in Montreal. Her exhibits are known for their interdisciplinary style, illustrating bold graphics, colors and strong narratives. St-Jean’s work defines itself through the exploration of the image as a vehicle to express critical views on today’s society. Touching upon themes such as, hyper-sexualization, egocentricity and solitude, St-Jean’s production delves into the complexities of everyday life. An underlined discord of past and future, primitive and technological , comfort and poverty, transpires through her work. Her practice is interdisciplinary and mainly takes the form of mixed media paintings, illustrations, clothing design and video production.
When did you first start doing art ?
Since I was a little girl, my favorite pastime was arts and crafts. My parents then sent me to an elementary school specializing in creative arts where I got to push myself as an artist and further explore my creative side.
Which artwork was the first one ever sold- who did you sell it to?
I sold my very first artwork during my end of year exhibit following my graduation at Cegep Lionel Groulx in Visual Arts. The artwork was bought by the school’s Head Administration.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
Everyday life, society and our generation.
How do you perceive art school?
Some of the greatest artists have marked history by deviating from established methods taught in art schools. I don’t need an art school to feel, understand and see.
What role does the artist have in society?
Art is a universal language. It would be unfortunate not to use it as a means to communicate a message. It’s an uncensored world where it’s possible to say it all without any constraints. In that sense, an artist is also a messenger, a mirror reflecting society.
What themes do you pursue?
Alienation, everyday life, time, conditioning, and a lot more.
What do you dislike about the art world?
The whole marketing and business aspect of it, because when you become an artist you inevitably become an entrepreneur as well in a way.
Favourite or most inspirational place?
My city, Montreal.