The whimsical and colorful world of Rebecca Munce

CULTURE. After exhibiting in Tokyo, Montreal and New York, artist Rebecca Munce makes a stop in Drummondville, more precisely at the DRAC art center, sharing part of her whimsical and colorful universe in the exhibition Midnight Maps.

DRAC highlights Rebecca Munce’s most recent series of works, ranging from oil-on-paper drawings to two-dimensional, sculptural ceramics.

The artist produced the ceramic pieces during a research and creation residency at the Rozynski art center in Estrie. The whole thing lasted eight weeks. A few days ago, the artist was still in his studio, finalizing the works. The latter learned a lot during this experience, because it was one of the first times that she carried out an artistic project with clay.

The exhibition offers an incursion into the whimsical and colorful world of Rebecca Munce. (Photo: Emmanuelle LeBlond)

“The residency ended on Tuesday morning. Tuesday afternoon, Rebecca was here to do the hanging. There are parts that have flaws. Some of them have cracked in the ovens or in transport. In museums or commercial galleries, they could not have been exhibited. We decided to present them because it’s part of the artist’s research. Current art is a lot of trial and error,” explains DRAC director Catherine Lafranchise.

The artist creates fantastic characters, both supernatural and human, drawn in solid colors. (Photo: Emmanuelle LeBlond)

In the exhibition, ceramics and drawings complement each other as they reflect the artist’s imagination. Witch, knight, mermaid, cowboy and three-headed horse: all these fantastic characters storm the venue. In the artist’s work, there are several references to medieval imagery, board games and video games.

Color is an integral part of Rebecca Munce’s paintings. “We can see fight scenes a few times. It may sound dramatic and serious, but that’s not the impression I wanted to give. I added color to make the atmosphere playful. I like to think it’s a game. There is a nostalgic side linked to childhood, ”says the one who is originally from Toronto, but who lives in Montreal.

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The artist produced two-dimensional and sculptural ceramics. (Photo: Emmanuelle LeBlond)

The exhibition is available until May 15. Art center hours are Tuesday and Wednesday 1-5 p.m., Thursday 1-8 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-8 p.m., and Sunday 1-8 p.m. h. Free entry.

Saturday workshops

DRAC is organizing a series of workshops linked to Rebecca Munce’s exhibition. On April 9, it is a modeling workshop painted in the manner of the artist. On May 7, participants are invited to create a virtual sculpture from a 3D modeling application.

For each creative workshop, the art center offers three time slots for different age groups: 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. (for 5 to 11 year olds), 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. (for 12 to 17 year olds ) and 2:45 p.m. to 4 p.m. (for adults).

For more information, just visit the website DRAC.CA.

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DRAC organized a vernissage for the exhibition on Saturday afternoon. (Photo: Emmanuelle LeBlond)

The whimsical and colorful world of Rebecca Munce