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
At the core of my work is a relationship with place and how it shapes and is shaped by society. What is there to be gathered from a place? What feelings, memories, desires, and intentions have physically manifested there? In considering these questions, I especially draw from my own experiences living between small communities and urban centres. I explore their related but distinct challenges with cultural identity, resilience, sustainability, and accessibility; the tension between the center and the margins.

My work often begins from drawing, but also includes print multiples, miniatures, video, and installations. Drawing is a method for thinking, experimentation, and expression that is essential to my studio practice. I gather reference materials, create maps of concepts, and make initial drafts and tests that are then used to inform the final works I create. Drawing allows me to have a degree of control, in the composition and subject matter, but also in using measurements, rulers, and other tools for precision. Drawing conversely has an element of irreversibility. There are often mistakes and miscalculations that come from human error and traces are left behind from erased marks. 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 challenging circumstances and unexpected outcomes.

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