surface tension -
away-from-keyboard / à se faufiler
or; they’re working, their work[-ing], theyire work-ing ? In [the, your, our,] backyard
This is an accumulation of things: things that were given to me and things that I made myself.
A performative act of making and an ode to working, art-working and artistic-research-practicing.
In a refusal to use plastic paint and non-biodegradable materials, and stemming from a research paper I wrote on the material culture of paint and another on [sub]urbanisation of so-called Laval / île jesus / “jardin de montréal,” I have experimented with making my own pigments and watercolours, out of my own food waste and plants that grow in my parents’ backyard in Laval, or around me wherever I am.
I created a solid library of material alternatives that are zero waste, biodegradable and low-cost. Though meanwhile, balancing time to practice and work proves difficult. As I was working - teaching, facilitating, editing, writing and producing - more than I was “practicing,” the distinction between these various types of work became more and more unclear.
Weaving my own surfaces, canvases, using 100% cotton warp thread, sustainably sourced, or paper thread from previous work, to continue my painting experiments with food waste pigments, such as dried orange peels, avocado pits and cabbage - which I grind into a powder and combine with a mordant using a paint muller.
1 Video: documentation of a work in progress (2020/21)
2 Bestrew, Ihooq studio: documentation of a work in progress, Galerie et Studios Jano Lapin. (2020/21)
3 Le Club Plastique, Verticale, Parc Rosaire-Gauthier. (2021)
4 documentation of a work in progress, off loom in Vienna. (2021)
5 From there through here - away-from-keyboard, site-specific installation and performance, Künstlerhaus Vienna. (2022)
6 From there through here - surface tension workshop, Künstlerhaus Vienna. (2022)
7In [the, your, our,] backyard, Art POP 2022: Workshop Series (2022)
8surface tension - à se faufilier, Festival des Arts Ruelles (2022).