Mandy Boursicot, "Domestic Earthenware," 2003, oil on linen, 12" x 43".
By Lee Bale
Mandy Boursicot was born in Hong Kong to a French father and Macanese mother and grew up in Vietnam, Switzerland and England. Her influences, derived from her mixed parental heritage, constantly changing geographic environment and varying education systems, are truly cross-cultural and even fragmented. Although she excelled early on in art, she pursued a business career for 17 years before reclaiming her early artistic promise and entering Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. Working within the still life genre, her canvases reflect a hybrid quality, the very essence of her own being. Her representations of Asian-influenced objects, such as teapots and lacquer screens, are portrayed in the Western tradition of classical realism. However, she shatters the illusion of Western space with planes of flat pattern based on Eastern brush painting, moving from upright easel painting to horizontal calligraphy in a single passage. An exhibition of Boursicot’s work runs May 1 to 15, 2004, at Agnes Bugera Gallery in Edmonton. She is also represented by Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver.