Myriam Simard-ParentMontreal, Canada
Myriam Simard-Parent was born in Montreal and grew up in Quebec City. She completed a pre-university DEC in Visual and Media Arts at the Cégep de Sainte-Foy. She then moved to Montreal to pursue her studies and obtain a bachelor’s degree in Visual and Media Arts from the UQAM.
Her sculptures and drawings have been displayed in several group exhibitions, including the Paramètre exhibition at the George-Émile Lapalme Exhibition Hall at Place des Arts, the GHAM & DAFE Gallery, the POPOP Gallery and the UQAM’s La Galerie. She also won the Prix des professeurs Thomas Corriveau et Mario Côté scholarship from the School of Visual and Media Arts of the UQAM.
“My artistic approach takes the shape of sculpture, performance and drawing. I ponder the criteria of togetherness through formal research, bodily experiences and relationships with others. I endeavour to bring into communion different ways of working with matter, materials and shapes. I try to make connections between antagonistic features or states, such as possibility/restriction, handmade/machining, organic/industrial, interior/exterior, full/empty, stability/fragility, etc. These concepts are brought together in order for their possibilities and limits to coexist and become compatible. The idea is to create unlikely and ambiguous combinations. Sharing, coexistence and equality make up my work’s overarching themes.
I’m interested in the therapeutic function of art and how it can reflect, in its own way, abstract and complex principles. I find inspiration in the phenomenology relating to the ability of art to generate specific physical and emotional states. My sculptures are often suggestive of the physical involvement of the viewer or myself through participation, activation, object-relational, performative object, etc. The body, whether real or figurative, often finds itself in particular situations where protection and vulnerability become one. I want to create artwork that exudes harmony and, in turn, induces the viewer into a meditative state. The way I manipulate matter is also guided by empirical and meditative experiences. I progress through repetitive movements or actions, intuition, my body’s abilities. Even when working with machines, such as welding machines or wood lathes, my goal is to focus on a specific action and to achieve a unique outcome.
Nature and space, along with the functioning of ecosystems and string theory, drive my work. They are a great source of inspiration for me, both formal and theoretical, to reflect on how things are interconnected to one another. What’s more, I foster a strong sense of play in my work because of its explanatory capabilities and its spiritual and poetic properties. To me, play is a tool for contemplating sharing, communication and equality.”
Photo credit : Andy Maple