Through her drawings, paintings and fabric installations, the Franco-Swiss artist Vidya Gastaldon nurtures a protean aesthetic, both humble and psychedelic, claiming a form of simplicity and economy of means. Her recent series of oil paintings (Healing Painting, 2013-) is the best illustration of her approach. An assiduous visitor of Emmaus and Caritas charity centers, she recovers, adopts and repaints forgotten canvases of Sunday painters, bringing new life to them and reintroducing them into the circuit of a possible perspective. Between ecological thinking and esotericism (reincarnation, transmigration of souls), Vidya Gastaldon juggles with a plurality of spiritual and artistic references – borrowing from art history as well as from pop culture, Hindu deities and Biblical stories – always with much distance and an undeniable sense of humor.
Published on the occasion of the eponymous exhibition at the musée de l’Abbaye Sainte-Croix – MASC, Les Sables d’Olonne, from June 19 to September 25, 2016
23 x 21 cm