EVENTS

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ONGOING (2020) : “Us, Our Territories” Project

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JULY

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Carrying out more tests.

As I am getting closer to the point, geometry is now meeting up with watercolours.

The photos are soon to be on their way to the printing lab.

The first tests have been made to figure out the hanging of the works.

The designing of the final drawings is also well under way.

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The project is showing good progress. I have never been working so intuitively, just enjoying the exploring process on the way to the final works. This is deeply refreshing.

Yet lately, from where I live and work in my shack in the forest, everyday and all day long I can hear the noise of the huge logging machine tearing up the earth and tearing down the trees almost two kilometers away. When I pass through there on my morning walk and get to witness the “progress” made on site, most of the time I can’t help crying : I know that this site and what is happening there is only one amongst so many. On the way back, sometimes I also encounter trash, or someone picking berries in the ditch while the engine of his vehicle is still running. When I talk about it, I often get a surprised facial expression since “there is so much wood, so much air, so much water… what’s the matter?”. This is all making me feel very lonely with my environmental concerns, and very small with my artwork as unique protection tool.

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[JUNE]

In June I was supposed to complete “The Nest” Project in France, but I had to cancel it. Since I find myself with unexpected free time, I am retiring into the forest for the month. I’ll be back to work on “Us, Our Territories” in July.

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MAY

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Carrying out some tests.

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APRIL

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Acrylic paints got kicked out of my home last week. I am now making new paints from natural pigments. Deeply grateful to finally be able to make art, and still show respect to the wonders that I am surrounded with..

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Found in « Make Ink », by Jason Logan.

« Color doesn’t live in material. It lives in light. »

« In 1665, [Isaac Newton] was forced to leave Cambridge University when it closed as a precaution against the Great Plague. He spent the remainder of the year and all of 1666 at the home of his parents. […] It was also in 1666 when he closed all the windows to his room and poked a tiny hole in his shutters. The tiny hole offered light a clean line into his room. He then positioned a toy prism in the beam and watched white light split into all the colors of the rainbow on his wall. The young Newton then placed a second prism in front of the rainbow on his wall and saw the colors channeled back into a single white beam. Besides being a why-didn’t-I-think-of-that experiment, it also said something about color and light that is both simple and shocking. Light doesn’t illuminate color. Light IS color.

The way we talk and think about color hasn’t totally caught up with this revelation. Light is made up of all the colors, each one vibrating at a different frequency. So when we say an ink is blue, it’s not that it contains blue, but rather it is giving us back blue light while absorbing all the other color vibrations. As mentioned previously, journalist Victoria Finlay wrote that we should think of things not as “being” a color but as “doing” a color. »

I would say that things show color, and therefore light.

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MARCH

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Launching of the creation part of the project.

First meetings with my mentors : Hélène Desjardins (watercolour) in La Pocatière, Yves Arcand (photo) in Matane, Michel Marcheterre (geometry) in Amqui.

What each of you provides me is invaluable, and it opens doors I didn’t even know existed. All my gratitude.

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FEBRUARY

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The Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec announces its financial support for the “Us, Our Territories” project -heartfelt thanks.

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ARCHIVES

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2019

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Limitlessness and Fragments in Témiscouata

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solo exhibition

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video installation, drawing installation, acrylic paintings

Beaulieu culturel du Témiscouata

July 19th to September 11th, 2019

Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac (QC, Canada)

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Reality is made of seemingly scattered fragments which take shape through the action of our senses. These fragments combine into a whole for which we make up a meaning, and then we let it dissolve again. The more I define the limits of these fragments and of the whole that I build out of them, the more these limits elude me. The frontier does exist, yet it has no substance : it is a non-frontier, which unifies all of that it divides. Témiscouata, speck of universe, is also composed of an infinity of fragments. Paradoxically, it is its singularity which makes it a part of the world, and which reveals the world. Here, pieces of Témiscouata are used as ways to explore universal realities.

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2018

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A Division is a Connexion

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research-creation residency

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solo and interactive research (conversations, written and visual games), writing of a residency diary, making of a series of acrylic paintings with supplies gathered in situ, readings, planning (map and graph), showing and closing evening (duo with Guillaume Aubertin, composer-interpreter)

Le Récif Collective

December 9th, 2017 to January 27th, 2018

Rivière-Trois-Pistoles (QC, Canada)

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Within the Récif I experienced the fundamental artist residency : space and time.

This freedom led me to discoveries reaching beyond the objective I had set myself, which was to plan out an artistic project around the concept of A Division is a Connexion“. I came to let inspiration flow more spontaneously, or even playfully, without trying to direct it towards the aims I would want it to serve. I witnessed the benefits of calling for collaboration at the early stages of creation, and I understood that this process of collective reflection is an arwork per se. Last but not least, living and working among the collective I came to realize that, from the very beginning, my approach to art making has been of a committed nature.

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Here are a few exemples of the questions asked to the members and friends of the collective, through the mean of large sheets of paper put up in the hostel’s kitchen during the residency, and the main conclusions which came out of these collective considerations :

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Is culture an institution?

Culture is the most fundamental, powerful and insidious type of institution.

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Does “The Other” exist?

We run after this hypothetical “Other” as we run after love, or we run away from it as we run away from death.

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Does the end justify the means?

A mean reaches the right balance when we regard it as an end in itself.

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Does unity make strength?

The strength of an union is determined through the strength that it provides for the individuals who make it.

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2017

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photo : Andrée Bélanger (sculptor)

Origins and Metamorphoses

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collective residency and exhibition

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3D installation for Gathering Lands project (duo with Andrée Bélanger, sculptor), experimental short film (solo)

Beauport Art & History Society (SAHB), curator Anne-Yvonne Jouan

other participating artists : Andrée Bélanger (sculptor), Adrien Bobin, Marie-José Gustave, Julien Lebargy, Nytha Oronga, Véronique Sunatori

May to October, 2017

Beauport (QC, Canada)

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This residency has cushioned my fall back into home country. I wasn’t expecting this. I already knew that the art community was some kind of a professional family to me. I just figured out that from now on I am also a part of the great family of the emigrants. I expected this residency to allow me to learn to work in partnership, to expand my professional network, to concretize an art project. It was the case. However, I never suspected that I would find myself at home among this micro-society of emigrant artists. This experience marks the end, and the beginning, of the journey. I have arrived, yet the world is truly open to me for the very first time.

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Raw Perspectives

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solo exhibition

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acrylic paintings, filmed interactive performance

February-March, 2017

Allos, Thorame-Basse, Jouques (France)

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The exhibition “Raw Perspectives” took shape during an exploration initiated last fall with the project “Perspectives on Reality”, which was carried out for the Mmiam (Intercollegiate Minimalist Museum of Modest Arts) in Digne-les-Bains, France. The artist was then inspired by the views of modern physics on the notion of reality. She has now moved on to a more direct examination of the facts : no theories or interpretations, only raw perspectives. The straightness of her style is now advanced to a minimum, in order to show the core of things, through images where the subject contains both the object and the space which allows it to be, where object and space reveal one another.

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2016

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Perspectives on Reality

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solo exhibition

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installation work on two sites

Musée minimaliste interuniversitaire des arts modestes (Mmiam)

October 18th to December 16th, 2016

Digne-les-Bains (France)

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Every single thing in this world is, by nature, impossible to define in human terms. We can certainly describe a particular phenomenon in a variety of ways ; yet even if none of these would be “wrong”, we would still miss on the very reality of this phenomenon because its essence is of motion, and therefore is elusive.

In quantum physics, measuring a size (for example the position of an electron) has a radical impact : the observed object is usually greatly disrupted. Before measure -so by nature- an electron is delocalized ; after measure of its position, it is perfectly localized. This determined position is only one of the delocalized electron’s locations. Since the electron becomes localized as soon as its position is observed, we can never observe it in its -natural- delocalized state ; we can only infer its state from the numerous physical observations which have been made so far.*

Humans have a need to bring reality to a “standstill” -for example through photography- to allow themselves time to observe it, to study it ; however, nothing is ever really still. Therefore, through their very investigation humans alter reality, which essence inevitably escapes them.

So what is reality? It is fundamentally elusive, and can only be grasped by integrating its unfaltering flux. Reality is -literally- to be found “between the lines”.

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*Notions in quantum physics taken from BONNET, Gabrielle, “Fenêtre ouverte sur la physique quantique”, Culture Sciences Physique : Ressources scientifiques pour l’enseignement de la physique, published online October 21st, 2004 / viewed September 29th, 2016. http://culturesciencesphysique.ens-lyon.fr/ressource/Quantique.xml

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photo : Anna Currenti

Rupture(s)

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solo exhibition

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ink drawings, acrylic paintings, installations, marble sculpture

August – September, 2016

Digne-les-Bains et Peyrolles en Provence (France)

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The exhibition “Rupture(s)” is about the various hazards of human existence that sometimes make it seem fascinating and sometimes make it seem absurd. These hazards weave into a web of both natural and cultural data which inevitably stands beyond our understanding.

These places where our schemes break end up making their own pattern. A structure so broad and fluid that it could not fit into a readable design. Even though natural and tangible, this framework of human existence remains a mystery to us, as we find ourselves intertwined within it. Its code encloses and transcends us. Cyclical ruptures. No rupture.

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Scattered Snow : Core Exile

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solo exhibition

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acrylic paintings, drawings, installations, stone sculptures

April 23rd to May 1st, 2016

Allons (France)

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It’s been months since the artist has left her country. After quite a bumpy landing, she’s just floating around, mystified. Slowly but surely, the new territory pervades her, and vice versa. Shifting ephemerals and essentials take fuzzy shapes, setting new landmarks on her own inner territory.

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2015

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photo : Cléa Garnero

Hard Fullness

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duo exhibition

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acrylic paintings, steatite and serpentine sculptures

in partnership with Benjamin Garnero, sculptor

August 18th to September 15th, 2015

Colmars les Alpes (France)

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Hard Fullness testifies to the difficulty, or even suffering, inherent in any process of development and any completely honest approach, as well as the resistance and the brute force which are experienced as both the source and the fruit of it.

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2014

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photo : Jean Munro

Finding Diadem in the Pit

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solo exhibition

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wall photo installation, 3D installation on plinth, short film screening

In partnership with Paraloeil video production centre and theatre, and with the Archaeology and Heritage Laboratory of University of Québec in Rimouski (UQAR)

October 30th to November 30th, 2014

Rimouski (QC, Canada)

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We’ve all buried something at some point.”

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In order to collect equine bones I would use to build a sculpture, I decided to dig out the mare I owned as a teenager, which had been buried on the family land seventeen years before. Having been told about the project, the archaeologist Nicolas Beaudry offered to collaborate on the exhumation. Slowly but surely, the seemingly simple step of collecting material turned into a project of its own. However, since the carcass had been limewashed when put underground, the bones were not clean enough to be gathered yet. The collective exhumation performance gave birth to a short film, as well as to an exhibition. The show included a screening of the short film, along with a mural photo installation and a 3D installation on plinth. This last piece was made of all I could take from the pit : three pieces of stone and two horse teeth.

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I would have kept the horse, I would have recovered her bones, but there’s nothing but a rotten skeleton.”

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photo : Isabelle Godin

Origins

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solo exhibition

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2D installation (acrylic paintings) and sculptures

Défi 35 – Fédération franco-ténoise

January 25th, 2014

Inuvik (NT, Canada)

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I cannot explain how civilization rooted in prehistoric humankind. However, since I have let the process of creation be pre-eminent and tried not to pre-judge the outcome while working on “Origins”, the end product gives a sense of the collective unconscious. And this might be a key to better understand the way humans conceive of and build civilization.

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2013

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photo : Jean Munro

Civilized

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solo exhibition

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acrylic paintings, 3D installation, performance

in partnership with artist-run centre Caravansérail

October 17th to 20th, 2013

Rimouski (QC, Canada)

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That of which humankind is made is denied when civilization and nature are construed as opposites. Humans have long adapted their environments, rather than adapt to them. Now because of rapid population growth, humans have been forced to come up with societal systems, which, as it turns out, do not adequately meet their needs. Paradoxically then, individuals must now learn to adapt to these artificial constructs. What is amazing is that individuals’ attempts to adapt are usually so seamless that completely artificial situations are accepted as “common sense.” Individuals are no longer in the driver’s seat; Frankenstein’s monster lives. Members of society wallow in reassurance provided by the uniformity of the institutions which feed on their work. The relationship is interdependent and its ties bind.

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