Marie-Claude Bouthillier - Families
From December 13, 2012 to April 14, 2013
This exhibition has ended.
In her work, Marie-Claude Bouthillier expresses the formal and material relationships between painting, textiles and games. She has drawn her inspiration from familiar objects -- items that are as easily recognizable to her as they will be to exhibition visitors. Quilts, arrowhead sashes, bedspreads and board games found in both the Costume and Textiles and Decorative Arts collections at the McCord Museum sparked ideas that the artist associated with her family. The historical objects she chose led to the creation of a unique work of art that builds on the notion of ancestry. By juxtaposing historical artefacts with contemporary artwork inspired by motifs from the past, Marie-Claude Bouthillier questions and exposes the unstable relationships between craftsmanship and art and between the human body and memory.
The McCord Museum Artist-in-Residence program
This program invites artists from Montreal and beyond to present a new take on the Museum collections. The three-month residency enables the artist to explore the Museum collections and align them to his or her own artistic practices. At the end of the residency, the artist's work is presented as a solo exhibition. Marie-Claude Bouthillier is the first artist selected for the new program.
This exhibition benefited from support from the City of Montreal through the Louis-Comtois Prize, 2011.