At the heart of Ysabelle’s body of work is a fascination with architectural structures and the desire to combine layers of occupied landscape sporadically with human presence. She constructs her works in a process of layering recognisable elements of the built environment along with many traces of crowds or pedestrians.
Crossings is a body of congested compositions; highlighting a world swamped with information, digital communication and structural design accompanied by a drift of people and a rich evocation of colour. Ysabelle’s phantom figures move in and out of her pictures, alluding to a greater sense of energy when present, that parallels the fragmentation of a city.
Ysabelle Dauguet is a Mauritian born artist living and working in Melbourne. Since graduating from Monash in 2011, she has received the Langridge Painting Award 2012 and was nominated and selected to be part of the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) national exhibition.
Image: Building block near work and Italian church (orange), 2013, acrylic and oil on canvas, 800 x 800mm; Disperse, 2013, acrylic and oil on canvas, 400 x 300mm.