Embellishment Room, EV-9.730
1515 Rue Ste-Catherine O,
Montréal, QC, Canada H3G 2W1
Shelley Ouellet will be giving her lunchbox talk on Thursday, February 20th from 12:40 – 1:20 pm.
I reproduce images of Canadian landscapes to critique a national identity rooted in an ongoing myth of the country’s vast untamed and unsettled wilderness. This mythology continues to be perpetuated as Canada’s brand for global trade and tourism as well as an internal rationale for unlimited resource extraction and continued disregard for indigenous people and the environment. While earlier works contrasted the sublime landscape with glitzy shimmer on a grand scale, new works operate in a more intimate and haptic domain. In the domestic milieu, décor and decoration are expressions of personal taste, desire and privilege and textiles provide softness, warmth, and comfort in this cocoon. Utilizing machine embroidery, jacquard weaving and other techniques, I am expanding on years of research with digital technology and image creation, manipulation and appropriation. Combining modes of digital production with home decor contrasts the content of the images being reproduced.