Medium: Hand signed, limited edition giclée on paper
Edition: AP (Artist Proof)
Size: 90.17cm x 73.66cm
Good To Know: Unframed, stored flat in our humidity controlled art storage facility, condition report available upon request
With her work demanding to be dissected beyond its surface value, Sandra's portraits are quite literally torn between comic book's fantastical heroics and iconography.
Sandra creates masterfully detailed images, making her women seemingly emerge from a surreal world onto the canvas, where a dance is performed between reality and imagination, truth and deception. She chooses to highlight the superhero's fragility, struggles and weaknesses and exposes humanity's humanity.
When asked what drew her to use comic book images for this critique, she replied:
"Society is asking us to be superheroes. Preconceptions of what ought and ought not be, how one ought and ought not act, think or believe. False notions of perfection and beauty. Unrealistic expectations demanding women of society to become ‘superheroes’ as if it were their supposed position. One’s own false sense of identity and the societal pressures to remain therein. And also there is a war inside each of us, a battle between villain and heroes.
"But I also love to use the images of the fragile heroes. If they can be fragile, then so can we! Let’s allow ourselves to be."
Source: "Freeing the Cage: Interview with Cover Artist Sandra Chevrier", Room Magazine, Issue 37.3 "Geek Girls"