Art Exhibit Opening: Mon autre – Alter égo / The Other – Alter Ego

This exhibition was presented for the first time in 2014 by artists Isabelle Demers, Amélie Laurence Fortin and Fanny Mesnard. Mon autre/Alter égo is the title of a series of group exhibitions that draw on the practices of artists whose work focuses on the theme of nature, in its broader sense.

Each exhibition of this series of projects enables the artists to create group installations tailored to the venue, where each individual contribution complements the others without losing its uniqueness, while at the same time allowing space for visitors to create their own stories.

This openness to others also allows the project to evolve, change direction, and incorporate new artists. That is how Jacinthe Loranger was able to join the collective recently, adding print media to the project’s multidisciplinary body of work, which includes drawing, sculpture, painting and photography.

Amélie Laurence Fortin

Amélie Laurence Fortin explores humanity’s biased yet fascinating rapport with nature by creating work, most often of a monumental nature, that provokes a physical and hypnotic response. Her creations evoke a space that transcends the self, in sharp contrast to the analytical approach to nature characteristic of scientific and political methodologies. Fortin emphasizes a reverse flow of time creating tension between form and sense.

Fortin hails from the Estrie region of Québec. She completed a Master of Visual Arts degree from Laval University in 2011. She has participated in numerous solo exhibitions in places such as Galerie B-312 in Montreal, the Sporobole contemporary arts centre in Sherbrooke, and the VU photography centre in Québec City. She has also taken part in several group exhibitions, including the 5th Manif d’art de Québec, Interackje at the MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow, Poland, the Do Norte Ao Norte project at the Museu de Arte in Belém, Brazil, and Monkey Business at the Sophie Sheideicker gallery in Paris, France.

Fanny Mesnard

The rich and diverse forms of the animal world serve as the inspiration for the fantastical creatures that abound in Fanny Mesnard’s paintings, drawings and sculptures. The creatures populate a pictorial universe that is both exuberant and intimate. Enigmatic and organic narratives emerge from these encounters where, shifting between intimate and universal perspectives, mystical references cohabitate with stories, dreams and mythology. Each work reveals a different facet of a rich personal mythology in which the artist explores her representational world.

A graduate of École supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Marseille Luminy, Fanny Mesnard has participated in numerous exhibits in France, Luxemburg, Italy and Québec. She has taken part in several international events, such as the Symposium d’art contemporain de Baie-Saint-Paul and the Do Norte ao Norte project at the Museu de Arte in Belém, Brazil. In recent years, her work has been shown at Galerie Art Mûr in Montreal, the Centre national d’exposition in Jonquière, and the Centre d’art Jacques et Michel Auger in Victoriaville.

Jacinthe Loranger

Jacinthe Loranger’s work explores unlikely encounters between disparate, multifaceted universes using cultural archetypes and symbols and refashioning them to make statements about contemporary society. Combining installations, ‘‘bling-bling’’ sculptures, and psychedelic collages, Loranger forges a personal mythology that takes the form of narrative pieces depicting a mystical quest.

Jacinthe has worked as a professional artist for over 10 years and has participated in several artist residencies and exhibitions throughout Canada, France and the United States. She explores the affordances of print media -particularly screen printing- through installations, video, collage and performance art. She has just completed a Master of Visual Arts degree in Print Media at Concordia University for which she received a bursary from the Faculty of Fine Arts, as well as a Concordia University Graduate Fellowship award.

Isabelle Demers

With a quiet determination similar to that of cycles observed in nature, Isabelle Demers creates, grows and maintains drawings, paintings, sculptures and installations. Inspired by themes like adolescence, camping and the mysteries of the forest, and with a view to telling a story, she develops pieces that present and behave as ecosystems, isolated worlds where plant, animal and mineral seem both frozen yet constantly evolving.

Isabelle Demers holds a Master of Visual Arts degree from Laval University and lives and works in Québec City. Her artistic activity focuses on drawing, sculpting and installations. Her work has been shown in various group and solo exhibitions in places such as the Œil de Poisson in Québec City, the Musée d’art contemporain des Laurentides in St-Jérôme, and the Regard centre in Lévis. She received the Vidère award for her exhibition entitled Lourd comme un cheval mort [heavy as a dead horse] at the Chambre Blanche in Québec City. She also took part in the 29th Symposium d’art contemporain de Baie-Saint-Paul.