Lisa Theriault is a Montreal based visual artist, curator, and arts administrator. Originally from Charlottetown, PEI, she is Acadian from the region Baie Sainte-Marie, NS and has ties to Chéticamp, NS. She received a BFA in studio art from Mount Allison University (Sackville, NB) in 2014. She co-founded the online project space Closet Gallery in 2017 with Philip Mercier. She has exhibited and curated works at galleries across Canada, including AKA Artist-Run Centre (Saskatoon, SK), Galerie Sans Nom (Moncton, NB), Owens Art Gallery (Sackville, NB), Saint John Arts Centre (Saint John, NB), and the Confederation Centre Art Gallery (Charlottetown, PE).

She recently curated the exhibition Fast Forward for the Young People’s Gallery in the Confederation Centre Art Gallery (Charlottetown, PE) and presented her latest video work Off-Season at Art in the Open Festival and the Confederation Centre Art Gallery (Charlottetown, PE). Currently, she is creating a new body of work with support from the CALQ and the Jeunes Volontaires program.

Artist Statement
In my art practice, I am most interested in landscapes and their vast narrative potential. What is there to be gathered from a place and a space? Who or what inhabits that space and how do they move within it? What feelings, memories, desires, and intentions have physically manifested there? My work is focused on unfolding these complex relationships.

I most often work in drawing, but I am also interested in miniature making, printmaking, video/animation, and installation. In my drawing practice, I gather source material from observation, reading, and research that are then used to inform the landscapes and places I create. Drawing allows me to have a degree of control, in planning the composition and subject matter while using measurements, rulers, and other tools for precision. Drawing conversely has an element of irreversibility and spontaneity. There are often mistakes and miscalculations that come from human error, traces left behind from erased marks, as well as the gestural ways that marks collect and images develop. The tension between these qualities, to me, poetically echoes the flawed ways humans interact with the world - with careful intentions, ideas, and plans, but often with unexpected results.

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Lisa Theriault 2019©