What is self, what is reality? Does objectivity, does universality exist?
These are the questions I try to answer over and over by dissecting, re-mixing and perverting my own subjective experiences in the hopes of highlighting the absurdity of the preconceived ideas that shape us without our realizing it.
Using mainly digital tools (3D imagery, photo montages) and installation, I use the codes of visual design and popular culture as a playful, accessible and harmless-looking packaging device that hides a much more thoughtful statement.
I draw from my own body and immediate environment to collect photographic textures that I remix and distort digitally to produce works that appear both grotesque and visually pleasing, on the line between realism and surrealism. Thanks to this aesthetic contraption, I can gently manipulate the viewer's gaze and I’m allowed to create imagined realities which serve as a bridge to indirectly comment on the world we live in.
Renée Forest is a multidisciplinary visual artist from Montreal. After studying experimental filmmaking at Concordia university, she worked in TV production in Berlin and New York city. In 2015, she obtained a master’s degree in visual design in Barcelona before moving back to Quebec and founding her design studio Manège in 2019. Now pursuing a career both as an art director and visual artist, she is particularly interested in surrealist representations of self-perceptions and loves working with 3D illustration and animation. She has been showing her work in Montreal and abroad.