Cassie Paine

Montreal, Canada


Cassie Paine is a multidisciplinary artist. Her practice includes sculpture, installation and printmaking.

Paine holds a BFA with honourable mention from OCAD University (2018). She currently is an MFA candidate in Sculpture and Ceramics at Concordia University and the 2019 recipient of the Dave McGary Memorial Award in Fine Arts. Recent solo exhibitions include “The Brick Archive,” Art Mûr (Montreal, 2019) and “Unsigned,” Coldstream Fine Art (Toronto, 2018). In addition, she has taken part in various group shows, including “I Know What You Are But What Am I,” Ignite Gallery (Toronto, 2018) and “Fresh Paint/New Construction,” Art Mûr (Montreal, 2018).

Her work stems from navigating the urban environment, studying and observing changes to city infrastructure, and reflecting on how these changes affect the day-to-day interactions of pedestrians. Paine investigates urban planning strategies, systemic control of automotive and pedestrian traffic, and distinctions between public and private places.

About the artwork

Untitled (Privacy Mesh)

In Untitled (Privacy Mesh), the artist screen-printed a William Morris Victorian pattern onto privacy mesh. The artist then draped the mesh using multiple cast-iron bench feet taken from Montreal benches. In doing so, the fabric is decontextualized from its original form, shifting from an object designed to be disregarded and ignored into a symbol of economic shifts surrounding Montreal’s development.

By presenting regulatory tools in positions that are more passive or exaggerating features that prescribe their authority, the artist seeks to disrupt established hierarchies that place infrastructural objects in higher positions than individuals.


645 Wellington
Corner of Wellington Street and rue des Soeurs-Grises, Room 120
Residence completed

Photo : Camille Dubuc