Adrienne Rempel is a Vancouver-based artist who received her BFA from Emily Carr University in 2011. An active member of the local artistic community since her graduation, she has participated in several group shows, worked as a teacher’s assistant in art history at Emily Carr, volunteered as a creative tutor at an east van elementary school, and has started theory reads a series of discussions on artistic discourse held at her studio. Rempel was recently interviewed by CBC Radio, the session received national syndication.
In the short story, Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote (1939), by Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges, the character Menard rewrites Cervantes’ Don Quixote word for word. In the story, Menard’s reproduction of the Quixote is heralded as equally textured and rich in subtlety as the original, due to the innumerable changes and frames of reference in the world since the original Quixote was written.
Some have questioned why I am painting in a mode that references that of mid-20th century painting, specifically that of colour field artists. The best answer I have to that question is that the artists at work during the rapidly evolving stages of modernism couldn’t have had time to find all the answers to paint in that method.
Creating large-scale abstract paintings, my current work is an investigation of pure abstraction and the phenomenological properties generated by complex colour and simple form. To this end, my process is very intuitive and physical, possessing a strong relationship to the body.
Every layer of colour and form in the works is informed by my observations and research about the socio-cultural conditions of life, specifically those within Vancouver. These specific situations, however, I prefer to leave unspoken, and it’s here that I rely on the viewer to understand the works in an intuitive and embodied way.