The painting Fluvial; paysage annoncé is part of a body of work called Sur la route, entre sarts et bois, produced between October 2008 and March 2010. It was inspired by a trip through the Côte-Nord—north shore of the lower Saint Lawrence River—a region marked by its vastness. This aspect of the Côte-Nord kindled Boulva's interest in our modes of territorial occupation and affirmation, whose various signposts function as symbols. Fluvial; paysage annoncé presents a close-up view of shrubbery, drawn in linear fashion. At the centre, a blue square signals the presence of a road sign; it remains anonymous. Only the colour and title suggest the announced space: Saint Lawrence estuary. The landscape, here, is less a manifestation than an evocation.
Born in Quebec City in 1976, where she lives and works, Eveline Boulva holds a custom doctorate in visual arts and geography from Université Laval, where she is now a lecturer. She also studied at the Scuola Internazionale di Graphica in Venice, Italy, and at the Villa Arson in Nice, France. She has produced several solo exhibitions in Quebec since 2001, including Scruter l’horizon (2007, Centre VU, Quebec City), Épures (2007, Engramme, Quebec City), and Des instants entre parenthèses (2009, with Sophie Privé, at Expression, Centre d’exposition de Saint-Hyacinthe). She has also presented her work in group shows in Brazil, Switzerland, Belgium, Poland, France, and Canada. Her work was included in the group exhibition C’est arrivé près de chez nous, at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec in 2008. Boulva’s work may also be seen in the collections of Hydro-Québec, Loto-Québec, the Gabrielle-Roy Library’s Artothèque, the Bibliothèque nationale du Québec, and in the Collection Prêt d’œuvres d’art of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec.
Represented by Galerie orange, Montréal
and Galerie Lacerte art contemporain, Québec