Gabrielle Madore

Gabrielle Madore
University of Ottawa (ON)

My artistic practice focuses on highlighting greenery found in the Ottawa area. I am concerned about changes and developments in the city over time; mainly the destruction caused by the disposal of trees. I have lived in Ottawa my whole life, so I am attuned to changes in the environment. Plant growth has an impact on the shape of the Ottawa landscape, and I am frustrated by the way human infrastructure displaces plant life. When plants are removed or trimmed it degrades the local ecosystem. I habitually go on walks through greenbelt spaces, parks, and city streets while taking photos of things that catch my eye to use as reference to compose my drawings. These walks put into close focus the increasing human impact on the environment. I am fascinated by the textures and shapes of plants and fungi, so I emphasize those details in my work.  I work primarily with watercolour ink, soft pastel, and pencil crayon on paper. Using mark making I build understanding of the character of my subjects. Soft pastels and pencil crayons especially bring me close to the surface I am working. Typically, I wet the whole page and then use rags and pipettes to drop, spatter, and spread diluted inks across the page. The organic shapes and lines formed by the dried pools of ink influence where I render forms and detail with soft pastel and pencil crayon. This way of working allows me to mimic the subtle and unpredictable variations in plant life.

I was born and currently live in Ottawa, Ontario. From 2016 to 2020, I studied Fine Arts at the University of Ottawa where I specialized in drawing and painting. My practice focuses on using watercolour, soft pastel and pencil crayon to render drawings of various plants, animals, and fungi in Ontario. Photography is an important aspect of my practice, as I use the photographs I take while exploring Ottawa as reference images for my drawings. Using these subjects as a reference point I contemplate how humans divide and categorize spaces and living creatures. In particular I examine the concept of nature and what is natural. Currently I have exhibited my work online, and at the University of Ottawa.