From February 17 to March 27, 2022
Branle-bas de combat!
Branle-bas de combat!
Sculpture and print
Video presentation of the exhibition and opening on Sunday, February 20, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. (RSVP)
Sculptor and ceramist Violette Dionne, known both for her technical mastery and for the relevance of her themes, reveals her personal vision of the world to us.
Alongside ceramic sculptures in medium and large formats, in this exhibition the artist presents as well a series of prints from her original drawings. These drawings form a chronicle of our experience of the pandemic, not without humour. The scenes portrayed speak of confinement, of the expectations and disappointments suffered by fragile and endearing characters with whom we can all identify.
In this exhibition, the vividly-coloured prints contrast with the monochrome finishes of the sculptures. These three-dimensional works – giant telephones and vaporizers, distorted torsos and figures with headdresses – invite the viewer to participate in the act of creative interpretation, free to explore the function and the merits of these objects or characters scattered throughout the gallery space.
Violette Dionne, with a master’s degree in visual arts from UQAM (1988), has some twenty solo exhibitions to her credit, notably at the Galerie d’art d’Outremont, the 1700 La Poste art center in Montreal, the Museum of Masters and Craftsmen of Quebec, at the Center Materia in Quebec, at the Galerie d’art Desjardins in Drummondville and at the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery in Waterloo.
In 2000, she won the Audience Award at the Trois Rivières International Ceramic Biennial, and in 1997, the Excellence Award at the Montreal International Design Show. She has also participated in numerous group exhibitions and produced three works integrating art with architecture. Over the span of her career she has been awarded several scholarships, including a one-year stay in Basel at the Studio of the Quebec Ministry of Cultural Affairs. Her works have been acquired by various institutions and by private collectors. Currently, she lives in Montreal where she gives sculpture lessons in her studio.