Francine Ethier

Francine Ethier
Bishops University (Sherbrooke, QC)

With this constant feed of information overloading our senses, it is no surprise that one sometimes finds oneself thinking a million things at once never being able to get peace. These qualia, the subjective conscious experience of thought, are at the very heart of the mind-body problems. I have wondered what this would look like if it were made visible. My interest and research in hand weaving is centred on this very question: finding the way to represent, without the use of words, the inevitable result of entanglement between body and mind. In my work, I translate this entanglement into sculptural form. I use found materials, of yarn and clothing. The yarn is then hardened to give it body while remaining pliable, and the clothing is deconstructed or transformed and used in combination or in support of the yarn. The yarn is woven and knotted by hand. This long process of repetitive action of interlacing gives me time to meditate and consider how to connect the strings and create form that represent something we cannot see. In my process, colours are dictated by the found material I use. I intuitively select those that best reflect a temporary state of mind or feeling of entanglement. Through these, my work reflects on thought patterns transferred into form and colour, and how they take shape in a physical world.

Frankie (Francine Ethier) is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts with honours at Bishop’s University. She as received a scholarship from O.H. De Sevigne Scholarship in the Creative and Performing Arts for excellent grades and was selected to be a member of Bishop’s Honours Society 2019–2020. Her body of work consists of 2D and 3D work in various materials and have been selected for group exhibitions in galleries Le Tremplin in Lennoxville and Ye Olde Blacksmith in Stanstead, Quebec in 2019 as well as Gallery mp trésart of Duram South, Quebec in 2018. She has participated in many exhibitions in the Montreal region. Through her sculptures and paintings, she gives a visual interpretation of entanglement between body, mind.