Marie-Claude Robillard

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Artist statement

Writing is central to my artistic process. I inscribe texts directly in the encaustic using a prescribed method and limited means. The meaning of these texts is ultimately sacrificed by the adding and subtracting of the layers of wax: the re-inscriptions and the deletions. This process allows me to transcend the limits of alteration and saturation while creating expressive and sensitive surfaces where the content, at first textual, becomes illegible.

In these palimpsests, the writings are transformed and become traces of depositories of silence. It is a subdued silence, full of contradictions since it originates from sociological reflections that are never really communicated.  The paradox of writing an idea about the non-read and the incommunicability interests me. During this long and tedious process, a tribute to slowness, I explore different expressions of silence: its rarity due to the constant chatter of the city and its contamination by inner dialogues. This constant interference is a kind of investigation of the thinking process and the complexity of consciousness. It makes reference to our interiority.

Marie-Claude Robillard was born in Sainte-Anne-des-Monts. Having obtained a Bachelor’s degree in visual and media arts and a degree in fine arts from UQAM, she has been living and working in Montreal for more than twenty years.

Since 2011, her works have been presented in solo exhibitions. The most recent, Tracés, was held in 2019 at the Éric Devlin Gallery in Montreal. She has participated in several group exhibitions including: Livres et autres mots d’artistes at the Éric Devlin Gallery, and also at the Centre d’artistes Voix Visuelle in Ottawa. Her works were also seen at the Cédez à la tentation exhibition at the Musée d’art contemporain des Laurentides and at the Montreal Contemporary Art Fair Papier.

Her works are part of private collections as well as part of the collection of the Caisse Populaire d’Hochelaga-Maisonneuve.

Marie-Claude Robillard – Curriculum Vitae

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