Dominique Sirois lives and works in Montreal. Holding a Master of Fine Arts from the Université du Québec à Montréal, she is currently completing a doctorate. Her installation pieces have been shown in Canada at the Centre Clark, Galerie Division and Latitude 53. In partnership with Grégory Chatonsky, she has also exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Taipei, at the Centre d’art d’Enghien-les-Bains, at the Unicorn Center for Arts in Beijing, during the Mois de la Photo de Montréal, at iMAL, the Center for digital cultures and technology in Brussels, and more recently at Diagonale (Montreal). She has also participated in several residencies abroad, notably in Glasgow, Paris and Barcelona.
About the artwork
Consisting of sculptural arrangements of ceramics, castings, images and found objects, Dominique Sirois’ installations blend artisanal know-how with a critical approach to technology regarding its economic, esthetic, archeological and mineralogical dimensions.
This presentation involves investigating a prospective past of the future promised by technology, concerning most particularly the representations of faces, bodies and skins, which have today exploded on social media. Things are progressing as if these images could be compiled into some kind of map of a collective body, both seeker and sought. The artist is, moreover, interested in this emotional side of desire and adopts an approach analogous to behavioural economics, focusing on the place of the desiring gaze in relation to material possessions and wealth.
In the spirit of memento mori or vanitas, the esthetics of the ruin are equally used here as a means of reflecting on the fleeting nature of objects and images. The way they change over time is likewise a recurring motif in Sirois’s work.