Danielle Cormier

Danielle Cormier
University Laval (QC)

I explore the shapes and textures resulting from the entropy of natural systems through moulding. I am fascinated by the constant transformation of the natural elements that surround us. I often work with the idea of imprinting, seeking to freeze a state in the evolution of a thing, a state which, paradoxically, is often altered by the very action of copying. I am particularly interested in these minimal shifts that arise through transformation and that bring about a distortion between the real and the result. My pieces are mainly made of plaster, but also of concrete or ceramics. They are mainly a study of the form that emerges through the creative process. I travel a lot, I observe the landscape, looking for distinctive elements specific to the places where I find myself and I try to transpose them into my creations. As my practice is linked to nature, I adapt to the cycle of the seasons, which influences my production. My objects are scattered throughout the place they occupy in such a way as to evoke vast space, a kind of expanse, horizontal and silent. They present a certain ambiguity, vacillating between induced form and contingency, recalling raw truth. They bear witness to a balance that exists at the limit between a certain state and an uncertainty in a movement.

I currently live and work in Quebec City, where I am completing a bachelor’s degree in visual and media arts at the École d’Arts de l’Université Laval, where I also work as an assistant in printmaking workshops and as an exhibition editing technician during my studies. Devoting myself to a sculptural practice, I am interested in relating the objects I create in such a way as to evoke the sublime sensation of landscape. I devote a large part of my life to the exploration of natural environments, and this is a key element of my artistic approach. My work was very recently presented at the Galerie des Arts Visuels, as part of the exhibition Banc d’essai 2020.