Less is a bore : broken old walls

Avril 2020

Gypse, peinture latex, ruban à masquer, dessin réalisé au traceur numérique sur papier Fabriano Accademia

For this project, my artistic process involves research into imagery from the decorative arts, from architectural design and from archaeological codes. It was also a recontextualization of objects and display elements, actualized in a variety of media: sculptures, fragmented wall paintings and drawings. It reflects the ongoing exploration of artistic representation in Arts & Crafts and postmodernism within my recent work. My work is primarily centered around architecture, but this installation is not architectural per se. Everything is fragmented, cut, broken, and nothing is functional in the sense of proper built architecture.

 

While I am using forms and architectural elements inherited from the past, I decided to work with decorative patterns for this project. Composed of wall fragments and artifacts, the wall pieces reveal tapestry associated with the Arts & Crafts movement. I chose decorative patterns because I find this period fascinating. It is associated with the new industrial era where making mechanical reproduction was much more accessible to the masses. Regarding the setup of the objects, they evoke certain codes relating to archaeology (typological drawings, marking on the ground, excavation, etc.). My work also evokes a general feeling of playfulness, even though each object and material are arranged with meticulous precision.

 

Somewhere between an organized mess and staging, the result of this set up is mostly an experimentation with colors, volume, objects and materials in a site-specific installation. The installation is potent with the traces of its own making (marking with tape) and it plays on the ambivalence of the venue as a studio or a showcase. By engaging with the history of architectural and pictorial representation, my work is not merely a demonstration. The general idea of my project consisted of an approach that functions like a kind of archaeology in reverse while working with ‘’fake fossil record’’.

© Ann Karine Bourdeau Leduc 2019