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Ce héros insoupçonné… An exhibit at Le Gueulart (Saint-Isidore) from September 23 to October 14, 2022
With my project idea firmly in mind, reinforced by the support of my two colleagues Nicole Benjamin and Lise Bistodeau, and my well-stocked list of candidates, my quest had only just begun in June 2021. I couldn’t do it alone.
On the good advice of Jacinthe Ducas from Culture Montérégie, a project proposal was presented to the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec as part of the Montérégie-Ouest territorial partnership program. The challenge at that time was to find partners.
A meeting place was offered by the municipality of Saint-Constant. At La Clé des Mots, Céline Brière quickly put me in touch with their artist in residence, Raymonde LeBel. A simple request for books turned into a fabulous involvement by adapting a tale and presenting it in a theatrical form. And to complete the artistic experience of my participants, a partnership with Louise Page from Le Gueulart, an artist-run center, was concluded.
Ce héros insoupçonné was produced in two parts over a period of seven months.
The first part, from February to April 2022, was dedicated to research and creation. I led 10 cultural mediation workshops in front of a group of nine people living with an intellectual disability. They are devoid of artistic prejudices, and it is this authenticity that I was looking for in order to inspire me.
A few visitors joined our workshops: Olivier Lemieux, outgoing president of APHRSO; Nathalie Leclerc, caregiver; and Dominique Barbeau who offered us a pet therapy session with his faithful Gotham, a golden Labrador.
At the end of these meetings, for the second part, enriched by the results of research and creation, I returned to my own studio to create Ce héros insoupçonné. The work is in the effigy of the members of the group and their heroes, with whom they share certain personality traits.
The encounter with the other remains for me the awakening factor targeted by creation, it is the essential link to make my painting speak.
Écoutes ce que tu vois…
At Jean-Letarte gallery (Boucherville) from January 26 to March 19, 2023:
At Maison LePailleur (Châteauguay) from October 13, 2022 to January 15, 2023:
At Beaulne Museum (Coaticook) from January 30 to March 6, 2022:
Being influenced by my roots, my thoughts are melting into a tumult where the words collide and merge before being organized into a message that corresponds most likely to what I am. The quest for truth and knowledge encourages me to confront the stories.
I court the words. I wonder about the process of what remains to us after a discussion with someone. What do we remember from a sentence, a letter, sweet words from grandma? I love stories, the ones I were told, especially those about kinship.
I will tell you about the story that is part of my heritage, the one that is mine,
the one I live with.
GSP, Géant sans pareil (2020-2021)
An initiative of the artist center Le Gueulart, this exhibition aimed to present works inspired by significant people among us, while at the same time a bronze sculpture of Georges Saint-Pierre was installed in the heart of Saint- Isidore. The Démesuré canvas was also presented at the art contest Un chemin vers l’art , organized by the Urbania art gallery and the DeSerres stores in Quebec city.
Cultural mediation at APHRSO (2019-2020)
This project was carried out as part of the 40th anniversary of Association des personnes handicapées de la Rive-Sud Ouest, in order to highlight the organization’s mission and its impact in the community in terms of inclusion and social participation for people with functional limitations. The art work created took the form of a giant puzzle evoking APHRSO’s involvement in the daily lives of its members.
Un peu de culture dans l’agriculture (2013-2015)
Initiated by Bistro Culturel Coeur de Village and its partners, “Un peu de culture dans l’agriculture” is a unifying project that pairs an artist with a local farmer. More than an exhibition, this project brings our family farming closer to the cultural sector which is the very essence of our identity. For this purpose Nathalie was paired with Bleuetière Ste-Marguerite.