series of drawings, coloured pencil and ink on paper, July 2019 - 2021
In Wonders Never Cease, Lisa Theriault presents a series of drawings of imaginary landscapes that are inspired by ideas of utopia. The drawings incorporate aspects of places where Theriault has lived. She reimagines and recontextualizes these places while responding to concepts of utopia that she encounters in her research, in combination with her own personal ideals. The drawings reveal spaces that are warm, friendly, and open, drawn at a scale that encourages the viewer’s eye to wander throughout the terrains. Charming details are strewn about: an assortment of snacks, a stack of books, and a menagerie of chairs around an outdoor dining table. Together, they offer glimpses into concepts of sustainability, simple living, and escapes within nature as well as the balances in life of pleasure and productivity, community and solitude. For Theriault, utopia is not a final destination, but a direction that begins from personal considerations; a vulnerable but worthwhile exercise.
This project is supported by a Jeunes volontaires grant from Emploi Québec and a Research, Creation, and Exploration grant from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ).