The allotted function of art is not, as is often assumed, to put across ideas, to propagate thoughts, to serve as an example. The aim of art is to prepare a person for death, to plough and harrow his soul, rendering it capable of turning to good.
— Andrei Tarkovsky

Gaëna da Sylva's art is emotion, the subtle nuances of existence. It is the expression of a passing time and goes up to discolour, circulates in a loop on the body of an eerie world and bring to an inner essence. This is a preview of a present, a promise of the past. Without borders, forms and light come together in the photographic journey. 

Based in Quebec, fine art photographer, film maker and poet, Gaëna discovered photography as a teenager. From the first time that she saw oil catch the light in a puddle of water, light and its interaction with form have continued to fascinate her. This fascination has continued to spill over in not only her art photography and film making but has also given a unique slant to her commercial work. Gaëna has worked commercially in photography since 2006 and during that time has published three collections of photographs and a collection of poetry. She has been working on different projects; a long term self-portrait series, Confessions of the Green Armchair, The Lake and The Black Herbarium. Francesca, her latest short film, collaboration with the activist and musician Bill Madden, was awarded in various festivals. Gaëna's abstract poetic short films combine the magic of movement and static photography often using a multi-layered approach. In 2013, she set up The 52nd with artist and musician Charlie Beresford, based in the UK. This project continues to this day and has become a platform for their joint ideas. 

In 2017, Gaëna has decided to come back to portrait photography, with years of experience, she is concentring herself on maternity and childhood photography, bringning her style inspired from her love of antique photos. 



Confessions of the Green Armchair

Portraits (À venir)