Josepha Dumas

Biography

Josepha Dumas is a multidisciplinary Haitian artist who chooses to work with tools that can not be erased to prove that, despite everything, her visions can finally become (another) reality. Today she focuses more on drawings / paintings and creates landscapes that represent her dreams, memories, and reality at the same time. These landscapes are created with an accumulation of points and lines to play with perspective and guide the viewer’s eye. She uses a lot of bright colors to represent the tropical climate of Haiti unlike darker colors; the cold climate of Canada. Through these landscapes, she wants to talk about the financial, architectural and climatic difference between Haiti and Montreal; the limits and freedoms that these two places withhold. An important symbol in these works is the road that means the (dis) connection between two countries and the migration from one country to another. Man is rarely represented in front of the landscape, because for him, even if he settles often, he moves constantly.

The most important question for her is: between these two countries (or others) where is my home? She also practices performance, photography and writing, to ask the same questions. Since she was little, Josepha had to travel constantly; move from one country to another without having a choice. She had to learn new languages ​​and meet other cultures without really being able to learn hers. But, she chose to move to Montreal and just completed a bachelor’s degree in painting and drawing with a minor in film studies at Concordia University (June 2018).

 

Selected works

Acrylic and oil pastel on canvas, 47.5 x 43.5 in.

Oil pastel on canvas, 24 × 17.7 in.

Pastel and charcoal on papier, 30 x 22 in.

Oil pastel on wood, 18 x 14 in.

Acrylic and oil pastel on canvas, 30 x 24 in.