Sarah Boutin

Sarah Boutin
UQAM (Montreal, QC)

My artistic practice unfolds around what escapes, questions the notions of filiations and the weight of transmission. I question the ways in which experiences of trauma, reconciliation and memory are inscribed in bodies. The artistic gestures I make take the form of learning and experiences to gather, welcome, carry, support and heal. I envision the plastic and writing work as acts that allow me to reorganize the narrative and to take care of it. Whether in the form of a sculptural installation, video or performance, my works propose visual poems. The association of personal symbols (rocks, dead bees, coal, salt, honey, milk, etc.) with the work of the text – put into space in a pictorial, video or sound way – allows me to approach personal stories and to put them in connection and in perspective with Nature, its cycles of life and death. My research posture develops through the contemplation of what persists or constantly starts over. I question the states of transitions, pivotal moments, reversals, slow mutations that cross intimacy as well as ecosystems. By dwelling on emergences (dawns, mornings, premises, apparitions, etc.) and on what ends (ruptures, mourning, endings, losses, etc.), I look for what makes it possible to inscribe things in a continuity “(…) i.e., as a participant in something larger and already in progress “1 .

Sarah Boutin is an emerging artist who lives and works in Montreal. She completed a bachelor’s degree in visual and media arts at the Université du Québec à Montréal. She is interested in the place of the body in experiences of transmission, trauma, reconciliation, and memory. Her practice is mainly deployed through installations, video performance and writing. The textual dimension of her work is for her a way of questioning sources (etymologies) and what allows passages (the acts of writing and telling). She also works with Myriam Simard-Parent to see how performative duo work allows her to explore the notions of support or abandonment involved in all relationships. Her plastic work has been presented at Place des Arts (Montreal).

1. De la Chenelière, Évelyne and Laramée, Justin, Nous reprendrons tout ça demain, Atelier 10, Montréal, p.12.