Lisa Theriault is a visual artist, curator, and arts administrator, originally from Charlottetown, PE and currently living and working in Montreal, QC. She received a BFA 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 completed the Ease on Down the Road Artist Residency program at Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre (Sackville, NB) and curated the exhibition Fast Forward for the Young People’s Gallery in 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
My art practice investigates built environments, rurality and remoteness, and future utopias. At the core of my work is a relationship with place and how it shapes and is shaped by society. I especially draw from my own experiences living across Atlantic Canada and currently in Montreal, QC. My work often begins from drawing, but also includes print multiples, miniatures, animations/video, and installations. I am interested in the tension between structure and chaos; fantasy and facade; the natural and the manufactured; the mundane and the wonderful, and how these ideas are expressed through subject, form, material, and approach.

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.

Contact at lisa a theriault (at) gmail (dot) com

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