Marianne Chenard is a ceramist and visual artist. Her artistic approach reflects her interest in Canadian history, its landscapes, its status as a Nordic country, and the associated clichés, themes that emerge as much in the forms she reinterprets as in the personal imagery she develops. These lend a remarkable consistency to her two creative universes: in situ installations and functional ware. Marianne’s practice is also noted for its exploration of various technical treatments of clay surfaces. Her work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in Qué bec, Canada and France. She has taken part in several artist residencies, with Medalta in Alberta and the Maison des métiers d’art de Québec, among others, has received an honourable mention from the Prix François-Houdé du Conseil des métiers d’art du Québec and frequently offers specialized training in image transfer techniques. Marianne holds a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver. Originally from Rimouski, she lives and works in Montreal.
The word “souvenir” in French carries two meanings. One is similar to the English definition as something that serves as a reminder; an object, a collectible, a photograph. The second speaks to the action of remembering: the survival in memory of a sensation, an impression, an idea; an awareness of a past event.
My art practice articulates itself around interest in how our connection to the environment is shaped through our personal and collective memories. My works reveal sensitivities to the notion of perception around history, place, memory and absence, and is strongly influenced by an exploration of nature. I use various printmaking techniques on clay and ceramic processes to create sculptures that illustrate fictional but realistic landscapes through imagery, form and contrast of material. I use porcelain, a material with strong historical implications and properties, that is delicate and indestructible at once and which, when fired, becomes an archival artifact. Exhibiting a strong contrast between fragility and permanence, my work explores the indefinite line of what is imagined versus what is actually experienced and the construction of memories.
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