Artistic Approach + Bio + CV

Photo : Mélissa Corbeil

Artistic approach

My practice seeks to establish a relationship with the world through the immediacy and duration of creative action. To do this, I use art to better understand different realities that surround and inhabit us. Art is conceived as a tool of knowledge; knowledge of the sensitive, immediate knowledge, intuitive knowledge, direct knowledge. It becomes inseparable from a process of understanding and co-naissance, that is to say a subject and a world being born jointly. It emerges a poetry at the same time raw and delicate.

In the context of residencies, performances and exhibitions, my interest in the gesture of creation, territory and the notion of inhabiting is combined with various objects and places. Whether it is a disused church (2008), the brush print (2012-2017), the grid (2012-2014), the cultivated flax (2015), the vegetal line (2016-2019), the cartographic line (2016-2019), the pine tree (2019), the cabinet of curiosities (2019), a scientific museum (2020-2021), a garden (2021-2022), and an open-air center (2022), I seek in these circumstances to realize processes that foster a relationship of affinity with the material.

It is through the varied disciplines of drawing, modeling, video and photography, combined with materials such as ink, clay and elements of nature, that I come into contact with the environment in which I live. And since we are a set of relationships and entanglements that constitute us as well as our environment, I emphasize the processual form within installations that establish close links between the elements that compose it and its exhibition space.

Photo : Nathalie Lavoie

Biographical information

With an MFA from the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, Nathalie Lavoie lives and works in Saguenay. Her work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions in Canada, France, Chile and Germany, including at Humboldt University in Berlin, and are included in private and public collections. She has conducted research during her various international residencies.