Christine Comeau

About

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Statement

My recent experiences in artistic residencies abroad and in Quebec led me to think about the notions of nomadism. I wonder about the concepts of mobility and interrelation between forms and beings, the stress and physical and mental boundaries caused by displacement (travel, creative residencies, drifts, exile). The notion of sculpture clothing as the camouflage of my real identity and alienation became relevant in my path. I design clothes and mobile relational structures that serve the achievement of installation and collective performance in which people are invited to participate. So I am interested in different fabrics and materials, different colors and making systems to create sociological clothes.

I propose to the art organisations this concept of nomadic stopping place through resicencies, art events and exhibitions. Travels allow me to move forward, to see more clearly, to adapt to new circles and to meet new people. “The semionaute artist puts the shapes in motion, inventing with them and through them, journeys during which the self is elaborated while a body of work is being created.” (Nicolas Bourriaud in “The Radicant”). In this spirit, the movement, and the journeys I set out for myself through these movements make me a sémionaute who can settle down anywhere without ever feeling at home.

During each new project I develope a new component, with the intend to develop new prototypes of tents. Within each prototype are grafted with Velcro varying combinations which participants can wear. System fasteners are often designed with the aim of linking, psychologically or physically the participants all together. It is the basis of my connectable clothes. It means docking the homes like a space station. And bound by the ties, my movements are affecting the movement of my companions. Wearing these clothes alone they become a second skin. Volunteers can acquire an envelope to camouflage their real identity. It allows them to experience their alienation from themselves. Alienation is also a feeling of being different from others. This feeling often arises with regard to a passersby. Combinations, often equipped with a single handle, cover the entire body. The individual becomes a member of a community.

The tents are mobile homes and as such quickly built and quickly undone, which gives them the feel of having nothing, like the life in slums is a life in a very improvised makeshift way. Obviously, the objective being that the tents, sculptures and docking-garments are inhabited by humans. Tents unfold in outer space, such as a camp, they breathe, take their full extent.

Short Biography

Christine Comeau is a young professional visual artist and poet from Quebec, Canada. She has practiced theater before pursuing studies in visual arts. Starting out as a painter, she now dedicates her life in making sculptural textile art works and installation and writing poetry. She has completed a MFA degree in visual arts at Laval University, in Quebec city. The topics of her work are about nomadism, exil, identities and networks between human being and their environment. Her art work has been presented in several individual and collective events and exhibitions in Canada, Brasil, United States, Sweden, Portugal and Germany. During the past years she took part of different artistic residencies in north America and Europe. She works and lives in Montreal.

 

Scholarship
2012 Master in interdisciplinary art (MIA), Université Laval, Quebec, QC, Canada
2007 Bachelor in visual art, Université Laval, Quebec, QC, Canada

Exhibitions and principal art events
Solo
Rituels/Mutations, installation, Coopérative l’Alternative, Panache Art Actuel, Baie-Comeau, Québec, Canada, 2017
Rituels/Mutations, photographies, Salle l’Aquilon, Panache Art Actuel, Sept-Îles, Quebec, Canada, 2017
Rituels, Galerie du Rift, Ville-Marie, Quebec, Canada, 2017
Inventer le pays, Centre d’exposition de Val d’Or, Val d’Or, Quebec, Canada, 2017
Wagon Blues, L’Arsenal, Joliette, Quebec, Canada, 2015
Vagabond Stories, Steinstrasse 13, Wildwuchs art organization, Görlitz, Germany, 2013
Rituels, Festival Montréal en Lumière, Montréal, Quebec, Canada, 2013
Récits Vagabonds, Galerie d’art de Matane, Matane, Quebec, Canada, 2013
Récits nomades, Centre d’art l’Imagier, Gatineau, Quebec, Canada, 2012
Errances, photography exhibition, Usine C, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 2011
Apparences, multidisciplinary poetic show, Printemps des poètes, Quebec, Quebec, Canada
Mondes et singularités, parade of the sculptural monumental over-garments, Centre MATERIA, Quebec, Quebec, Canada , 2009
Mondes et singularités, parade of the sculptural monumental over-garments, Konstepidemin, Goteborg, Sweden, 2008
Trois mille ans d’errance, Galerie Sans Nom, Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, 2005
Visions inexactes, Latitude 53, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, 2003

Collective
Projet HoMa, Maison de la culture Maisonneuve, Montreal, QC, Canada, 2015
Wagon Blues, Art in The Open festival, Confederation Art Gallery, Charlottetown, Prince-Edward Island, Canada, 2014
Biennal Roadshow, Marfa, Texas, USA, 2014
Baltic Inspiration, Kunstverein Kühlungsborn Gallery, Kühlungsborn, Germany, 2012
3000 ans d’errance souterraine, Nuit blanche et art souterrain 2012, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 2012
Interférences, poetry-video presented in different shops on St-Joseph street, Ex Muro arts publics, Quebec, Quebec, Canada, 2011
33 ideas, Denver international airport, DIA art program & Colorado Art Ranch, Colorado, USA, 2010
Saudade ou le manque habité, Le Moulin la Lorraine, Lac Etchemin, Quebec, Canada, 2009
Realidades transitorias, La Casa das onze janelas, Belem, Brazil, 2008
L’art sur le territoire, Projet Blanc, Viva!, International art action festival, Praxis arts actuels,
Ste-Thérèse, Quebec, Canada, 2006

Art residencies
Vaste et Vague, Carleton-sur-Mer, Québec, 2 weeks, 2014
Wildwuchs Projekt, Görlitz, Germany, 2 months, 2013
Mecklenberg Inspiriert, Kühlungsborn, Germany– 5 weeks, 2012
Est-Nord-Est, Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, Québec, Canada – 2 months, 2011
Caravansérail, Rimouski, Québec, Canada – 1 months, 2010
Colorado Art Ranch, Trinidad, Colorado, United States – 1 month, 2009
Konstepidemin, Göteborg, Suède, Pépinières européennes pour jeunes artistes – 3 mois, 2008

Grants
First price, ArtVenice Biennial winners slide show, The Biennal Project, Venise/Boston, 2015
Performance prize Biennial Roadshow, Marfa, Texas, USA, 2014
Travelling grant, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ), 2014
Travelling grant, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ), 2013
Travelling grant, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ), 2012
Grant for the realization of the show Apparences, Premiere Ovation littéraire, Quebec, QC, 2010
Travelling grant, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Quebec (CALQ) (2), 2009
Travelling grant, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ), 2008
Grant Louis Garneau, Université Laval, Quebec, 2007

Editions
Inventer le pays, poetry, Éditions FrI, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 2017
Créativité/Creativity, collective, Éditions FrI, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 2015
Dialogue, anthologie du Printemps des poètes, Exit, poetry magazine #66, Édition Gaz Moutarde, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 2012
Mondes et singularités, poetry, Les croques mots, cellule d’édition du Tremplin d’actualisation de poésie, Quebec, Quebec, Canada, 2009
Slam ma muse, anthologie de poésie slamée à Québec, André Marceau et Anne Peyrouse,
Éditions Cornac, Quebec, Quebec, Canada, 2008
Survêtement Multiversel, Le catalogue fondamental, independant edition, 2007

Involvement
Secretary, board of directors, Artists Run Center Dare-Dare, Montreal, QC, since 2014
Executive assistant, Regroupement des centres d’artistes autogérés du Québec (RCAAQ), 2014
Jury member, Programming Committee, Artists Run Center Dare-Dare, Montreal, QC, since 2015
Administrator, board of directors, Artist Run Center Regart, Levis, QC, 2010
Executive assistant, Centre MATERIA, Quebec, QC, 2007-2008
Member, Artist Run Center l’œil de poisson, Quebec, QC, since 2005