MARIE-MICHELLE DESCHAMPS / L*
In conversation with Nicole Bachmann (CH), Michelle Lacombe (CA), Rebecca La Marre (CA), Bryan-K. Lamonde (CA), Maude Léonard-Contant (CA/CH), Anne-Marie Proulx (CA), Sarah Rose (UK) and Carl Trahan (CA)
Curator: Anne-Marie St-Jean Aubre
For her exhibition at the Darling Foundry, Canadian artist Marie-Michelle Deschamps will present a project that stems from her ongoing conversation with the schizophrenic American writer Louis Wolfson, and his expressed desire and ultimate failure to “eradicate English” from his experience of the world by replacing it simultaneously with a mix of French, German, Hebrew and Russian. This exhibition originates from a conversation with artists and writers of Anglophone and Francophone origins, from Canada and abroad. The exhibition will become a space where participants’ voices are put side by side, not merged, creating a cross-linguistic dialogue and producing a new “language”. The overall project is based on ideas of shared authorship, knowledge as practice, inclusivity, and cross‐contaminating practices. With L*, Deschamps gives a spatial form to her current research, making concrete the idea of inhabiting language, something she first explored while writing her artist book The Twofold Room (2012).
The form of Marie-Michelle Deschamps’ work alternates between abstraction and figuration, examining how objects, images of objects, words, and signs are situated in a web of meaning. Due to the methods used to produce the work—folding, cropping, cutting, juxtaposing, fragmenting, and de-contextualizing—the signification of the represented forms and gestures often remains elusive and ambiguous. Language, which underlies most of her work, is frequently subject to a process of deconstruction. Words are used as spaces that collapse, conceal, or are inhabited. In Deschamps’ installations, “openedness” and “closedness” often act simultaneously to unsettle and to question. Marie-Michelle Deschamps is represented by Battat Contemporary, Montreal and Gregor Staiger Gallery, Zürich.