Sonya Kertész paints in oil, acrylic and has recently created installations with videos and projections. She has been studying at Concordia University in Fine Arts "Painting and Drawing" since 2015.Diver for 25 years and underwater photographer her approach revolves around her expeditions.
Kertész travels through several countries in rather remote regions to find the best preserved seabed. She is also interested in places full of history and human footprints.
Her works are intended to be immersive like the depths of the unconscious represented by forgotten spaces or the depths of the underwater world with its decaying corals.She is interested in various issues, such as climate change, the increase of the world population and the pollution which endanger our resources and which require protection and conservation.
Gardien des mers et Femme poisson (diptyque)
Oil on canvas, 2016
91 cm x 121 cm
Have you ever had a bad dream where a monster was chasing you? Have you ever woken up and wondered if they existed? They are and it’s partially your fault. Sea monsters have long been part of the social and cultural zeitgeist. The Loch Ness monster, dinosaur looking sea beast is a concrete example of these folklore legends. In hindsight, the history of both the tangible and metaphysical environment reveals these might be the result of debris and pollution left by humans in the Oceans.These themes explored in Anthropocene, a multilateral movement imploring the human world is now part of a new era as the impact of human life is significant enough to change the nature of geology and ecosystems we inhabit. Kertesz explores these themes of destruction in her work. She presents us a sea monster, half fish half human, symbolising the human impact on the nature of sea life.