Catherine Boisvenue is a visual artist based in Montréal. In the winter of 2016, she participated in the Despina artist residency program, in Rio de Janeiro, and exhibited in the Saara night exhibition. Her work was selected for and exhibited in the 2015 and 2016 editions of the Salon d’Autonme d’Amérique latine in São Paulo, Brazil. In 2017, she participated in the UNPACK STUDIO residency program in Havana, Cuba. In Montréal, she gave a talk on her artistic approach at the Récit Nomade symposium, at UQÀM.
In 2017, she was the grateful recipient of the Harriet and Abe Gold Entrance Bursary and the Tom Hopkins Award. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Drawing and Painting, at Concordia University. In 2015, she obtained her Bachelor’s in Visual and Media Arts at UQÀM.
She is part of the 2018 ARTCH, Conseil des arts de Montréal, and Art Souterrain programming. She is preparing a solo exhibition that will open on October 4, 2018, at Galerie AVE in Montréal.
Project: I’m a magician; I cast spells
I work with painting, involving research that also veers into sculpture and installation. My current project echoes the poetic narrations that I write, texts that are inspired by mythological, shamanistic and animistic universes. My works have the power to communicate and transform inner reality, and adopt the language of the unconscious to address both individual and collective memory and trauma.
My work fits into the surrealist and abstract expressionist movements, and has some connection to feminist movements, without specific affiliation. For the past few years, I have been exploring performance art, involving the creation of an environment in which the witch, warrior or “bruja” that I incarnate can be revealed.
I am a magician; I cast spells. To achieve this, I sew from rainy days until sunny days, and I connect glaciers to volcanoes. And if, perchance, monsters from the past awaken, I cut their tongues off with a knife to silence them.