Marilyne Bissonnette

Montreal, Canada


Marilyne Bissonnette is an artist from Lanaudière who lives and works in Montreal.

She is a graduate in visual art from Laval University. Her research focuses on the notions of singularity, norms and belonging, using sculpture and installation as her primary forms of expression. Her work has been presented in various art centres, fairs and festivals in Quebec, including Maison de la culture Rosemont, the centre d’exposition de Val d’Or, Galerie AVE, Chromatic festival and Manif d’art de Québec (with the Collectif 5 of which she is an active member since 2015). She is the recipient of various awards and grants, including the Bourse de Recherche-Création for emerging artist from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. She works as a mental health mediator and curator for the organization Les Impatients.

Her practice includes sculpture and installation. She is interested in the notions of singularity and belonging, in the ties that bind an individual to a crowd or a given society. These physical, canonical, cultural or semantic links feed her research.

About the artwork

Campement collectif (2021)

Campement collectif is a sculpture comprised of many characters. Each of them is made using moulding and assembly techniques.

The work stems from the Montreal’s housing crisis and the resentment that led to the creation of the Notre-Dame encampment (spring 2020). With this artwork, the artist sheds light on the solidarity that has emerged, uniting those affected by the housing crisis. The sculpture evokes the inequalities in our society, the access to territory, the feeling of belonging and the rallying to a common cause. Through Campement collectif, Bissonnette addresses the notion of inclusion, the relationship with others and the fragility of our daily lives.


1500 Avenue McGill College
Entrance Avenue McGill College, Level 4 – Room D014B
Residence completed

Photo : Camille Dubuc