Paul Gauguin said, “Art is either plagiarism, or revolution.” Let me amend (humorously): The art of collage can be plagiarism and revolution.
I am fascinated with combining parts of pre-existing images or objects to form a composition where the new work is more powerful than the sum of its parts. It feels intensely exciting and revolutionary to strip things down to components that may be re-purposed like building blocks to form something entirely new.
I enjoy combining things that don’t seem to belong together yet achieve a harmony in arrangements that feel unusual and surprising. Eliciting wonder, elation, or thoughtful appreciation in viewers is highly rewarding. Ideas, emotions and stories are expressed in series, and in styles ranging from abstract to surreal. Materials vary: paper, paint, textile, metal, beads, plastic, Plexiglas–but my artistic essence remains the same, captured in this prose poem:
“Between either/or, I choose and. I expose myself in public, laughing or bleeding over a canvas, until it is in stitches. Some call me versatextile. A small, mixed medium with paper cuts and grand visions. An abstract minded exhibitionist. Framed again! I am a convex mirror reflecting a concave image.”
Leonora Husveti-Frenette, B.A. taught Dance at University of Toronto. Later she joined her magician husband in performing their original illusions at Hollywood’s Magic Castle and on luxury cruise ships around the world.
In 2013 Leonora won 2nd prize from South Simcoe Arts Council for her first creation. In 2014, she also received the South Simcoe Arts Council’s Alice Forestell Bursary Award for most promising emerging artist. In 2015, she was finalist for the Murray Clerkson and Barrie Arts Awards. In 2016, Leonora’s work was voted Best in Mixed Media at a juried show presented by Spinal Cord Injury Ontario. In 2017, she won Best in Mixed Media again, and also took Best in Show. She also received 1st Prize at a juried exhibit by the Hungarian Visual Artists of Canada.
Collages by Leonora Husveti-Frenette have been exhibited in Orillia’s Museum of Art and History; Midland’s Quest Gallery; Barrie’s MacLaren Art Centre; Barrie’s City Hall; Collingwood’s Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts; Toronto’s Joseph D. Carrier Gallery, Todmorden Mills Gallery, Art Square Gallery, and others. Leonora’s work is in private collections in Canada and Hungary.
Leonora Husveti-Frenette’s art was featured in several publications including the 15th Anniversary Book by the Hungarian Visual Artists of Canada; in Good Life Magazine, and in OUTSPOKEN! Magazine. She is a cover artist for Transitory Tango, a Canadian anthology of poetry published by The Ontario Poetry Society. Leonora Husveti-Frenette is currently seeking gallery representation.