Roy, Marjorie


Technique: Assembled photography on metal

Marjorie Roy, photographerMarjorie Roy was born in 1983 in Saint-Isidore in Beauce.

She grew up in a family of entrepreneurs (Les Ateliers Hors Cadre) and very quickly developed her resourcefulness and her taste for art, observing the exhibitions presented at the gallery and listening to her parents' conversations with the artists. It was in high school that she had her first experience with film photography. She discovered this discipline and developed a passion for it. As a young adult, she worked as a framer in the family business. After obtaining her diploma in interior design and display, she moved to Montreal, where she remained for five years and worked as a regional window designer.

Back in her hometown in 2011, she followed her lifelong passion and started her own business, Optique Photo, in 2012. Specializing in architectural photography, she later added the corporate and food component to her fields of expertise. Quickly, several of her photos were published in magazines such as Prestige, Sofa Déco, etc. Reluctant to follow conventions, she created a free space for herself to better develop her craft. Drawing on her body of digital photographs, she presented her Mouvance (2017) and Evolution (2018) exhibitions.

Method

"To this day, her favorite themes are fantastic elements against a landscape backdrop, and she is particularly fascinated by the flight of geese. She draws from this inspiration to express movement and immediacy. Figuration takes precedence in this work, but the artist modifies her images at will, their treatment benefiting from the innumerable possibilities of digitization, which she can bring to the point of abstraction. For example, photos taken in a field near her childhood home more than five years ago enable her to digitally capture the flight of thousands of migrating geese. From original images of magical spectacles taking place in nature, she seeks to obtain an enigmatic composition, even a mysterious universe. To achieve this, she manipulates her images through superimposing and creating layers, blurred effects, subdued light, and faded colours until the result presents a lively emotion. This is the decisive moment. Sometimes natural elements are transfigured like oversized grasses revealing strange ghostly shapes rising from the horizon line. The transformed flight of geese captures and intrigues us at the same time. They are magical works. Through her photographic processing, the artist blurs reality to create illusion. The real becomes fiction. Her work speaks to us about movement, play of shadow, light and transparency, contrasts and saturations of colors, and depth of field. When she has her images printed on brushed metal, the whites reveal the streaks of the background and shimmering effects are superimposed on them, varying according to the viewpoint. Movement is highlighted, thereby linking to the symbolism of the geese and their migratory journey, evoking the passage of time… ”

© Thérèse Labbé, art historian, June 18, 2019

Awards and mentions

  • 2019 - MRC de la Nouvelle-Beauce, Chaudière-Appalac Award
  • 2018 - 3rd place Concours QC Exquis and Coup de cœur
  • 2013 - Jury mention, Public Prize, Desjardins competition of the Marius Barbeau Museum
  • 2012 - Jury mention, in the Desjardins competition of the Marius Barbeau Museum