MICHELINE COUTURE

Visual artist, lives and works in Montréal and in the Magdalen Islands, Québec, Canada.

  • Fibre arts and handmade paper
  • Digital prints
  • Textile printing techniques

ART STATEMENT

My incursion into the fibre arts started in the seventies. After studying painting and engraving, my interest turned to printing fabrics using silkscreen methods. They were for me the best and simplest manners to explore and reach a pattern out of the repetition of a shape in order to modulate the canvas as a textile material surface. Others called this: surfacing.Since the eighties, I have formed relationships with some fiberart artists from Quebec, for whom the specific language of fibers and fabrics constitutes a singular field of contemporary arts: Micheline Beauchemin, Denise Beaudin, Louise Bérubé, Marcel Marois Lise Nantel, Louise Jamet, Carole Gauron.My bidimensional work was presented at the Biennale de la tapisserie de Montréal and many exhibitions organized by the Conseil des arts textiles du Québec (CATQ).I took advantage of the textile qualities of raw silk and canvas, and of handmade paper and other fibers as a surface and material. The content of the images reveals a parallel that can be drawn between the traditional techniques of fiber arts and crafts (sewing, weaving, pleating, interlacing) and the new technology of electronical production (video and computer image), by which the image appears as the result of an agglomeration of tiny little surfaces (points or pixels).

My images are first created on computer and then printed on the same museum-grade archival paper as for etching and lithographies. Prints are in limited-edition according to professional engraving standards.

I take part every year to print and miniature group exhibitions in many countries around the world such as Bulgaria, Spain, Portugal and also in Québec at the Biennale de miniatures de Ville-Marie and in Ottawa at the gallery Voix Visuelle.

In this presentation, I am showing a selection of works made since 1981.

BIOGRAPHY

Micheline Couture lives in Montreal and at Havre-aux-Maisons in Les Îles-de-la Madeleine. She has a diploma from the École des Beaux-Arts de Montréal (School of Fine Arts of Montreal) and a master’s degree from Concordia University. She won scholarships to participate in workshops at Les ateliers Desjoberts in Paris and the Fiber Art Center in Berkeley.

She has teached at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) where she worked at the foundation of the master’s degree in the Fine Arts Department and created fiber printing workshops and computer teaching courses.

In 1997, she has teached the silkscreen printing technique to artists of the Taller Grabador at Holguin, Cuba. From 1988 to 2001, she ran the Galerie d’art Point Sud at Havre-aux-Maisons in Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine where exhibitions by Carole Piéalue, Jean-Luc Turbide, Adrienne Luce, André Lapointe, Marlène Devost, Jean-François Cyr, etc. took place.

Besides her participation at the Biennales de la tapisserie contemporaine de Montréal in 1981, she worked actively within the Conseil des arts textiles du Québec where she assumed the presidency during two years. She took part in many Revue Numéro, exhibited with the artists from the CATQ, at the Galerie de l’UQAM, at Galerie Arts Sutton, the Galerie du Centre in Saint-Lambert, at the Galerie d’art Point Sud in Havre-aux-Maisons, the Biennale Internationale d’art miniature du Témiscamingue, the Biennale du lin in Normandy, France, the Galerie R3 of the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR) and the Galerie Art Mûr in Montreal. She took part in «Lange Linceul» in 1994 and in «Penser Bildung» in 2002, two travelling exhibitions across the Province of Quebec.

She assumed several curating of exhibitions including «Textile, support, matière» with five artists from UQAM : Marie Langlois, Lise Nantel, Louise Jamet, Marcel Saint-Pierre and Micheline Couture at Galerie de l’UQAM and at the Centre d’exposition de Gatineau in 1986.

The artist follows her textile explorations with two dimensional wall pieces putting together fabrics and dyed or printed papers. Now oversized works are produced by assembling small formats like in “La nuit, le jour”. From now on, they are small and light to carry.

Here are the matters that articulate her works: fabric clippings from other pieces, papers and textile material gleaned, like the serial of obsolete bank notes, dyed and block printed cotton, embroideries.

Her themes are all very familiar: childhood, house, maritime spaces, and elements like water, hearth, clouds, and planets.

Research of these archetypes gathers shape and content: motif, symmetry, square, and circle composing the textile materials as support and surfaces.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

  • Regroupement des artistes en arts visuels (RAAV)
    [Quebec Visual Artist Association]
    www.raav.org
  • Society for Reproduction Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers in Canada (SODRAC)
    www.sodrac.ca
  • Ad Mare – Artists Centre, Îles-de-la-Madeleine
    www.admare.org
  • Diagonale – Artists Centre, Montréal
    www.artdiagonale.org
  • Arrimage – Corporation culturelle des Îles-de-la-Madeleine
    [Cultural Corporation of the Magdalen Islands]
    www.arrimage-im.qc.ca

CURRICULUM VITAE

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ARTIST’S ARCHIVES

ENOAC – L’entrepôt numérique d’oeuvres artistiques contemporaines [digital warehouse of contemporary art works]
www.enoac.ca/users/micheline-couture

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