Juliette BlouinMontreal, Canada
Juliette Blouin completed her training in visual arts at Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf and earned a Bachelor’s degree in graphic design from Université du Québec à Montréal. She has participated in solo and group exhibitions, including Relevés sentimentaux at the Maison de l’architecture du Québec à Montréal (2018) and Je suis ici (2019) organized by the graphic design studio Sale Caractère. Alongside her pictorial and sculptural production, she has produced some graphic and theoretical essays, including the essay “An Ideal Form” published in the university journal Pica in 2017. She was awarded a grant in 2019 following her participation in the Artch program for emerging Quebec artists in contemporary art, an initiative of Art Souterrain and Carrefour jeunesse-emploi Montréal Centre-Ville in collaboration with the Conseil des arts de Montréal.
About the artwork
Here, the artist explores a material that is commonly used in the built environment: ceramic tile. This material — at times generic, at times ostentatious — is applied to the floors and walls of our bathrooms, kitchens and lobbies. Chosen above all for its functional properties, it is found in all the places we frequent daily.
In this installation, the artist decontextualizes ceramic tile from its usual function in order to explore its influence on the realization and perception of 2D and 3D spaces. Her research has led to the realization of 96 sculptures and up to 576 paintings, which present a declination of volumes and flattenings in four shades of gray. These different visual experiences allow us to observe the ways in which the properties of ceramic tile (its format, color, texture, the spacing between tiles, etc.) influence our reading of 2D and 3D objects.
With this project, the artist highlights the complexity, nuances and importance of this material in the built landscape. She questions its form, function and potential. Her project thus invites us to pay attention to all the materials, often unnoticed and seemingly insignificant, that shape our environments and have a tangible impact on our daily experiences.
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Photo : Camille Dubuc