Artist Spotlight: Daisy St. Sauveur

One of our favorite things about contemporary art is getting to know the artist behind the work. While the work itself tells a story, the artist’s background further paints the picture of where they came from and how they got to where they are today. We sat down with our artist Daisy St. Sauveur to learn everything about her - from growing up in New England to navigating her artistic career:

Abigail Ogilvy: Tell us a little more about your background.

Daisy St. Sauveur: I grew up in Cohasset, Massachusetts- it's a tiny ocean town in the South Shore. My mom is a graphic designer/painter, and my dad works in music. I knew I wanted to be an artist my whole life, but until 2015 I thought I would study illustration (I was obsessed with anime and cartoons growing up!). I ended up declaring as a printmaking major at MassArt and I've been studying it ever since.  

AO: So what was your initial spark to be an artist?  

DSTS: Since my mom is an artist, I was lucky enough to be introduced to art at a very young age. We would see all kinds of artists- from Miyazaki to Thiebaud- I was introduced to many different styles at a young age. Making art was the one thing I could focus on when I was growing up (I probably went through five sketchbooks a year!). There was definitely a period of time in middle school when I was fascinated with anime, and I think that interest inspired a lot of the shapes and colors I currently use.

AO: How did you choose your medium? 

DSTS: While I was a freshman at MassArt, I wandered into a student printmaking show one rainy morning. The work was so fresh and interesting, it was unlike anything I had ever seen before. Being the impulsive person I am, I decided on the spot that I would study printmaking instead of illustration. Print allows me to work in a layered, collage-like way, and I can easily make variables and play with the piece until I'm satisfied. 

I've also started painting a lot more- primarily acrylic. Painting has taught me patience, I can't be as impulsive with it, but I've learned a lot about creating unique shapes and spaces.

AO: What is your creative process like? When you begin a new work do you have a vision of the end result?  

DSTS: I always have a vague idea of what I want a piece to look like but I never know for sure. I'll start with a sketch and then realize 'You know what? I'm bored I'm gonna scribble on this.' Or I'll cut it up, collage it, paint over it, etc. I love to push my artwork as far as I can. I try to make things as chaotic as possible while staying along the lines of the original composition. Whenever I mess up, I'll paint a big square or scribble over it- kind of like white out. I always like the pieces I "mess up" better than the ones that go exactly as planned.

AO: We love that organic chaos in your work! With that in mind, what themes do you pursue? 

DSTS: Recently I've been interested in branding and advertising. The idea of interruption seems to be a common theme in my work lately. I love working with pop culture, social media, and the visual relationship between architectural and organic forms. As a young artist, my experience is a little different from those who grew up in the 90s. The 2000s fascinate me, and I take a lot of my subjects from that era.  

AO: What are you currently working on?  

DSTS: Right now I'm working on a series of screenprints that have advertisement-like interruptions. One of the pieces I'm most excited about features a pink and yellow jungle-like pattern with a vintage Sandals Resort ad in the middle of it. I really want to explore that frustrating feeling of interruption and obstruction. I'm constantly being bombarded by commercials- from Youtube and Instagram to the radio, billboards, or even airplanes. What would it be like if fine art had advertisements too?

AO: Are there any artists that inform your work?

DSTS: There are so many artists I love, but my favorites are Jonathan Lasker, Henri Matisse, Nona Hershey, Cy Twombly, Takashi Murakami, Ricardo Bofill, David LaChapelle, and Leroy Neiman.

Check out Daisy St. Sauveur’s work at Abigail Ogilvy Gallery on view through June 16, 2019!

Daisy St. Sauveur, Side C, Etching with screenprint, 22 x 18 in. (framed), 2018

Daisy St. Sauveur, Side B, Etching, 22 x 18 in. (framed), 2018

5 Upcoming Art Events in Boston

1.   Art Affair

Image courtesy of Alpha Gallery and BADA

Image courtesy of Alpha Gallery and BADA

Where: Adelson Galleries Boston
When: Thursday, March 30, 6-8PM
Cost: Free

Boston Art Dealers Association collaborates to bring you an exhibition from eleven galleries under one roof.  

 

2.   Boston LGBT Film Festival  

Image courtesy of the ICA Boston

Image courtesy of the ICA Boston

Where: The Institute of Contemporary Art
When: Thursday, March 30, 8PM
Cost: $26 for members + students / $30 for nonmemebers

Returning for it’s 33rd edition, The Boston LGBT Film Festival returns to the ICA celebrating the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community with a screening of Signature Move.

3.  Caron Tabb at Newton Open Studios  

A Home Called A House, Caron Tabb, Mixed-media on canvas

Where: Newton Open Studios, 859 Washington Street, Newton, MA 02459
When: April 1-2, 11AM-5PM
Cost: Free

Cindy Cuba Clements, Adrienne Shishko, and Caron Tabb invite you to visit their PopUprising open studio.

4.   MassArt Auction Preview Evening with MA-NMWA

Where: Massachusetts College or Art and Design
When:  Wednesday, April 5, 6-8PM

Cost: $30 for members / $50 for nonmembers (Buy tickets here)

Join MA-NMWA (Massachusetts Chapter of The National Museum of Women in the Arts) for a unique evening to preview art works to be offered in the MassArt Auction on April 8th.

Photo courtesy of https://massart.edu/auction

Photo courtesy of https://massart.edu/auction

5.   MassArt Auction

Where: Massachusetts College or Art and Design
When: Saturday, April 8, 6:30 PM
Cost: Varied by ticket (MassArt Auction Tickets)

Celebrate the 28th MassArt Auction with a live and silent auction, cocktails and more. Proceeds go to scholarship aid and academic program support.

Dualisms

Curated by David Guerra
March 4 - March 27, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, March 4, 2016 5 9 p.m.

Abigail Ogilvy Gallery is proud to present Dualisms, a group show curated by David Guerra.

Dualisms is a collective exhibition exploring a multiplicity of interpretations of dualism. The artists address conceptual divisions between opposing ideas, and thoughts on the quality of being dual. Some of the conflicts explored in their work include: man and nature, mind and matter, body and soul, cause and effect, image and reflection, identity and perception, reality and illusion.

Dualisms

A. David Guerra is a lawyer, photographer and independent curator based in Boston. His work reflects the diverse themes he dives into: people, their stories and places. He has exhibited in Boston, Provincetown and Paris. In 2014, he was mentored by Magnum Arts photographer, David Alan Harvey in Provincetown. David is also the founder of Darkroom, a platform to display photography using unconventional forms at alternative spaces and combining photography with other artistic expressions.

Featuring:

Daniel Barreto
Daniel Barreto is a School of the Museum of Fine Arts graduate who studies the interaction between humans and nature by using technology to create representations of imagery found in nature. His work has been featured internationally, most recently at Beijing’s Yuan Art Museum’s exhibition, “Neither Here Nor There”.

Daniel Barreto

Hannah Bates
Hannah Bates is a School of the Museum of Fine Arts graduate student and a member of the MIT Graduate Consortium of Women’s Studies. Her most recent series, Synthetic, places its subjects before murals to create the optical illusion of three-dimensional space, presenting the images in parts of a reality that can never be completely true, disrupting the idea of the whole. Her work has been featured at galleries nationally, including The Mission Hill Gallery in Somerville, MA.

Lizzy Dargie
Lizzy Dargie is a Somerville-based printmaker and illustrator, whose work explores the natural world, with close examinations of plants and insects through various printmaking techniques. Her work has been featured across New England, including the Piano Craft Gallery in Boston, MA.

Eben Haines
Eben Haines is a Massachusetts College of Art and Design-trained painter who deconstructs the classic subject of portraiture and human figure in ways that brings out the complex and chaotic aspects of their inner life. The object, the artist, and image present themselves simultaneously in his work, through layers of paint that cover and uncover the image in ways that reveal the artists hand and emphasize the history and emotional journey of the subject. His work has been featured across New England, most recently in “Your Ticket Out” at the Distillery Gallery in Boston, MA.

Kelly Knapp
Kelly Knapp is a versatile designer with a Masters in Landscape Architecture from The Rhode Island School of Design. Her fine art sculptures reflect different elements of her diverse background in architecture, both built and interior, fashion design, installation, and graphic design. Her work has been featured at galleries and art fairs throughout the Northeast, most recently at the Affordable Art Fair in Chelsea, NY.

Ryan C. McMahon
Ryan C. McMahon is a photographer, installation, and performance artist whose work studies art as a medium to transmit pain through various methods of representation, examining the complex relationship and discourse between society and trauma. Her work has been featured in galleries throughout the Northeast, most recently at Catamount Arts in St. Johns, VT.

Will Russack
A graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University’s combined degree program, Will Russack has both a BFA in photography and a BS in environmental studies. His work addresses the relationship between nature and mankind, and the way humans attempt to control nature but also be a part of it. Using both traditional and digital photography, he captures the places where natural and manmade elements intersect, at times fighting for dominance, and at times existing harmoniously. His work has been featured in galleries nationally, most recently at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, CO.

The Safarani Sisters
The Safarani Sisters are is a pair of Iranian twins who are currently attending Northeastern University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts’ combined degree program. Their work combines classical painting and video to create atmospheric, meditative pieces that play with the ambiguity of reality, with ghosts of an alternate world walking through their paintings. Their work has been featured internationally, most recently at the Yuan Art Museum in Beijing, China.

Stefan Volatile-Wood
Stefan Volatile-Wood is a Massachusetts College of Art and Design graduate whose pieces bring together disparate images to create unexpected new wholes, juxtaposing them in ways that can be both jarring and harmonious—a “visual remix”. His work has been featured in galleries across New England, most recently in “Abstracted” at Uforge Gallery in Jamaica Plain, MA.

 

Wednesday, March 2, 2016: Puloma Ghosh

Emerging Artists Coming to Our Gallery This Spring

This March, the Abigail Ogilvy Gallery will be presenting Dualisms, a show curated by Darkroom Boston’s founder, David Guerra. Here is a preview of three of the emerging Boston artists whose work you can look forward to discovering at our gallery this spring:

 

William Russack

A graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University’s combined degree program, William Russack has both a BFA in photography and a BS in environmental studies. His work addresses the relationship between nature and mankind, and the way humans attempt to control nature but also be a part of it. Using both traditional and digital photography, he captures the places where natural and manmade elements intersect, at times fighting for dominance, and at times existing harmoniously.

Kennedy Town, Hong Kong
Archival Inkjet Print
16x20
2013

 

Daniel Barreto

Daniel Barreto is a School of the Museum of Fine Arts graduate who studies the interaction between humans and nature by using technology to create representations of imagery found in nature. He sees technology as an element that disconnects us from our environment, and therefore sees it as an intriguing medium for conveying his ideas. His work overlaps imagery of the constructed and the naturally occurring to highlight the ways in which they are tied together.

 

Eben Haines

Eben Haines is a MassArt-trained painter who deconstructs the classic subject of portraiture and human figure in ways that brings out the complex and chaotic aspects of their inner life. The object, the artist, and image present themselves simultaneously in his work, through layers of paint that cover and uncover the image in ways that reveal the artists hand and emphasize the history and emotional journey of the subject.

New Standard
Oil on Panel
38 x 48 in
2015

 

 

Wednesday, February 17. 2016: Puloma Ghosh