Myriam Simard-ParentMontreal, Canada
Myriam Simard-Parent was born in Montreal and raised in Quebec City. She is currently a Master’s candidate in Sculpture and Ceramics at Concordia University. She completed her BFA in Visual and Media Arts at the Université du Québec à Montréal in 2019. Myriam’s work has been featured in group exhibitions, including Paramètre at Place des Arts’ Espace culturel George-Émile-Lapalme, at the Art Mûr Gallery, at the Galerie de l’UQAM and at ARTCH. She was also awarded the Prix des professeurs Thomas Corriveau and Mario Côté from UQAM’s École des Arts Visuels et Médiatiques. In a childlike and playful universe, her work is inspired by the worlds of play, domestic space, gardens, changing seasons and the animal world. These various inspirations generate incongruous objects that suggest a visual poetry linking the real and the imaginary.
About the artwork
Still Life (2020-2021)
Presented as a sculptural still life, this installation is composed of classic elements of the genre, such as fruit or a vase. The artist’s production for this work comes from technical research in wood and metal. With its oversized and non-proportional objects, whose colors and forms are not faithful to reality, this surreal still life seems to stem from an imaginary world. The inspiration for the works that compose it was drawn from common elements in the still life genre, but also from the theme of the picnic. The works are installed in the manner of classic still life paintings, such as those of Cézanne or Van Gogh, with the cube’s floor serving here as a dining table or a picnic tablecloth. As a whole, they create a sense of wonder and intrigue, as if the glass cube offered a doorway to another universe that is just as strange as our own.
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Photo : Camille Dubuc