Alexandra Levasseur’s oil and pencil paintings are feminine and beautiful but not in a cutesy, saccharine way – there’s a darker undercurrent – something just a little sinister in the empty eyes filled with flowers and faces dug out to reveal a mountains and a cloudy sky. There’s a surreal, dreamy quality to her half-abstracted landscaped portraits; the purple and green skies are particularly enchanting and Levasseur’s color palette is lovely in its subdued, pastel hues.
The layered collages are somewhat chaotic – In Body of Land, there are wide swaths of heavily impastoed paint strokes slicing through a woman’s face which is floating over a cloudy sky in front of a floral mountain range. That could easily read as disjointed and nonsensical. Levasseur balances it all effortlessly, though, by always keeping proportion and scale in check. In The River, she is able to maintain the woman’s face as the focal point by situating it just slightly off center and making it the brightest, lightest and biggest image on the canvas. The remaining components – the forest, Pollock-like drips, mountain range and floral landscape – become supporting enhancements rather than conflicting detractions.
The paintings are modern, cool and fresh. They betray Levasseur’s interest in what it means to be a woman and all the mystery and interconnectedness between her and nature.