Today we’d like to introduce you to Majie Lavergne.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Majie. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I am an Abstract painter, born and raised in Paris. My father, Robert Lavergne, a well known post-impressionist painting fostered my love for painting at an early age. My fascination and love for abstract art came from my Godfather, Louis Nallard, a pioneer of the French lyrical abstract movement in Paris.
Following my fifteen year career as a documentary filmmaker in New York and Los Angeles, I obtained a Masters in Art Therapy and Transpersonal Counselling. I then gradually turned back towards painting and now dedicated most of my time creating art.
My work has appeared in more than 20 solo and group exhibitions, in Paris, the United States and Canada. I have received four awards by the Federation of Canadian Artists. In 2015, My solo show in Vancouver was featured by both CBC TV & Radio Canada. In 2016 CBC Radio Canada TV did a reportage on my Interactive Art, Re-Create.
My art is included in many private collections in the US, France, and Canada.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Being an artist is definitely not been an easy path. The challenge has been, and is, to keep feeling confident, open and trusting, in the face of the numerous “no’s”, rejections and lack of sales. Not always an easy task. The learning for me is to find the inspiration to keep moving forward despite whatever the external responses are and to keep digging inside to get to the “why” of my creative process. At this point, to me, creating fosters aliveness and purpose, and that is an amazing gift that I am grateful for.
Majie – what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I created a unique approach to Interactive art, my series is called “Re-Create.” With Re-Create, the traditional context of, “Don’t touch!”, “Just look at the art.”, is absent and the viewer is invited to physically move pieces of the artwork and to step into his or her own creative process and sense of play. Re-Create is an ever-changing art, only limited by one’s own imagination and promotes values such as creativity, innovation, and play. With Re-Create, while it is the artist that makes the art product, it is the viewer that imbues the art with life. Re-Create comes alive through the viewer. When the viewer engages his/her own creative process, as an artist, I feel deeply nourished. I feel that Re-Create has reached its purpose. Re-Create reminds us that there is an artist in all of us, that creating is part of life and that values such as creativity, imagination, and play is life affirming!
“Re-Create” can be used at home of course but also in corporate settings (Google, Facebook, Apple) that have created “playrooms” for their employees. “Re-Create” can be used also in public places such as libraries.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
I recently received First Place from a recent Juried Show in Vancouver through the Federation of Canadian Artists for one of my Re-Create painting titled “The Growing Gap.” The Growing gap explores the increasing social inequalities over the last thirty years.
- Website: www.majie.ca
- Phone: 250-714-0244
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org