Originally from Lévis, Karine Locatelli has lived in the Charlevoix region since 2013. With a master’s degree from the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, she divides her time between creation, diffusion and cultural mediation projects. Through landscape representation in drawing, she carries on the plein-airist tradition of her region. She has taken part in several exhibitions, fairs and artistic residencies throughout Quebec, Ontario and France, and she also developed projects promoting creation in the regions, including Anticosti, with Résidence nomade. Her works can be found in public and private collections, including the Musée d’art contemporain de Baie-Saint-Paul, the David Suzuki Foundation, the City of Lévis, the MRC de Charlevoix and the TD Bank in Toronto.
Karine Locatelli’s work focuses mainly on the representation of landscapes on raw canvas using pen and China ink. To adopt a multidisciplinary approach, she uses different media and techniques, including installation, sculpture, ceramics, embroidery, and painting. While avoiding the picturesque, she wants her works to echo the poetry of the places she visits and to convey the complexity of issues such as politics, sociology, the environment, geography and the relationship between humans and their territory. Through her works, she attempts to revive the plein-airist tradition specific to the Charlevoix region. Focusing on the motif is essential to capturing a key moment and representing the emotional relationship she has with the environment she draws. Fishing, hiking, gathering and sailing are means for her to have a sensitive relationship with, and to better represent nature.