Dominique C. Habib is a visual artist from Quebec living in the beautiful city of Gatineau. Holding a degree in Visual and Media Arts as well as in Industrial Design, she has a fascination for the world around her on a human scale and for self-observation in the face of life's situations, past, present and anticipated, which forge reactions and personality. She has a strong interest in the subjects of childhood, memory, nature and psychology, exploring them primarily through painting.

Artistic approach

Reflecting human relationships, my practice is inherently organic. My work is a journey to express the feelings, memories and moods that shape us through our experiences since childhood. My work allegorically explores various intangible concepts such as abandonment, shame, confusion, forgiveness, peacefulness and gratitude.

Dynamic, my approach has evolved. If previously I blurred the traces of my involvement in the work by diluting the mediums and by allowing them to follow textured surfaces, I now leave my touch, witness of my interventions, to the viewer. Abstraction is chosen for its power to express the undefined, the elusive and combined with a figurative style, the viewer can relate to and own the scene. By combining these styles, I try to emphasize the thin line between the visible and the invisible, between order and chaos as well as the complementarity of the contrary forces that build our humanity. Lately, I have been exploring the manipulation of plaster, fabric, wood and embroidery. Sculpture and serigraphy have also been part of my practice.

Each piece of work is based on an image, often from daydreams, and is perceived in such a precise way that it is impossible for me to ignore it. These inspirations sometimes originate in fragments of daily life, relationships, anxieties for the future and of course, childhood memories. The realization allows this revealing detachment and the ability to get some distance ourselves from our own emotional history.

photo credit: Abigail Nolet