Valérie Arsenault

Valérie Arsenault
University Laval (QC)

My recent work shows an interest in the fabricated, the imperfect, and the complexity of our sensitive relationship to the concrete world and its objects/spaces. It stems mainly from an interest in observing the phenomenological processes of appreciating the concrete world around us, what is there, what is manifested. It is marked by gesture and body, by a way of appreciating landscape and time. The form comes from the process rather than an idea: I work inside and outside a box whose edges are the only constraints. My work is therefore based on a way of being to things that is anchored in the conscious experience of the world. It is composed and decomposed around this relationship to time and space, and often borrows from the codes of architecture and painting. Sculptural form is most often treated as a pictorial plane. Due to the fragile nature of cardboard, it is the addition of material that contributes to the last form of the work. In this, I perceive a particularly important tension in the appreciation of my work, namely the relationship to the human gesture, but at the same time at a certain rhythm of work aiming somehow at the cancellation of this gesture as an individual demonstration, that is to say as a creative and singular gesture, at profit of the effet of the repetition of the said gesture appearing rather as mechanical, creative rather than creative. From personal experience my works are therefore born, appearing as hybrids between sculpture and painting, which in turn refer to the world and not to intimate experience. There is therefore something universalizing in the process, anchored in the banality of the gesture escaping from the hierarchy, which ultimately results in works that are silent and do not call for discourse but rather for direct experience.

Valérie Arsenault lives and works between Quebec City and Montreal. She completed a bachelor’s degree in visual and media arts at Laval University in 2020, during which she was involved on several levels at the Regart artist-run centre in Lévis. In 2019, she participates in the group exhibition Les temps longs at Espaces F, in Matane.