«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, I discovered photography as a teenager. From the first time that I saw oil catch the light in a puddle of water, light and its interaction with form have continued to fascinate me. I have published three collections of photographs and a collection of poetry. I have been working on different art projects; a long term self-portrait series, Confessions of the Green Armchair, The Lake and The Black Herbarium. Francesca, my 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, I 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 our joint art.
In 2017, I have decided to come back to portrait photography, focusing this side of my art on maternity and childhood photography, bringning to it my inspiration from my love of antique photos.
Making photography through the years, I realized that the light isn't ours to own; it's merely borrowed and reflected back; that moment preservation is as humbling as anything I had experienced; and there is a deep beauty swimming beneath almost every surface. It is merely a matter of holding your breath and diving in to find it.
Art is the most delicious salve. It heals, it renews, it awakens, it sets me free. It may not be a cure, but it can transform pain into something less ugly, something that can only enrich who we already are and that in and of itself is a miracle.
I am an artist because I am also a survivalist.