“Mon père” (my father) is a poignant artwork created by artist Eugénie, consisting of a quadriptych of four photos depicting Eugénie and her father, sometimes accompanied by her sister, taken between 2000 and 2005. This artwork captures moments from before Eugénie’s parents’ divorce, when life seemed beautiful. The photos are accompanied by phrases that Eugénie’s father often says to her today when they talk, despite the fact that they rarely see each other due to a particular family situation where her parents are divorced.
Eugénie, who only sees her father 2 to 3 times a year, wants to highlight the lack of information and conversation between them, despite their strong family bond. The phrases used in the artwork are typically Quebecois, and the images are distorted. Eugénie used a scanner and moved the images during scanning, resulting in pixelation and deformation of certain parts of the images. This aims to emphasize the lack of information and emptiness in the father-daughter relationship between the artist and her father.
Writing plays an important role in Eugénie’s artistic practice, and it is used in this artwork to express her father’s words. The phrases, taken from their current conversations, are transcribed in their original form, with specific Quebecois expressions, creating an important linguistic dimension in the artwork. This use of vernacular and familiar language reinforces the intimate and personal nature of the artwork, while reflecting the specific relationship between Eugénie and her father, marked by cultural and linguistic differences in Quebec.
The distortion of the images due to digital manipulation highlights the lack of information and gaps in the relationship between Eugénie and her father. The blurred and pixelated images symbolically represent the blurry and fragmented moments of their relationship, where memories are altered by time, distance, and lack of communication. The technique used by Eugénie creates a unique and unsettling aesthetic, where reality is distorted and altered, reflecting the complexity of emotions and memories in this family relationship.
The use of quadriptych, an artistic composition in four parts, reinforces the idea of separation and division, reminiscent of Eugénie’s family situation of divorce. The four photos, arranged in sequence, depict the different phases of the relationship between Eugénie and her father, from memories of a time when life seemed beautiful to the current reality of their distant and fragmented relationship.