With patience and determination, Renée duRocher has taken her place in the Canadian visual arts community. Inspired by her various travels, she stages a pictorial universe composed of mystery and exoticism. Long associated with subjects evoking places steeped in history, her paintings become sequences; often in the form of polyptychs and elaborate compositions. These compositions transit between the modes of figuration and geometric abstraction while evoking narrative. duRocher has presented her work on the national and international scene since 1976. During her 40-year career, she has presented more than fifty solo and group exhibitions. Her works are now part of public, private and corporate collections. Her work in visual arts and her involvement in the cultural community have earned her numerous awards, most recently the title of Ambassador of Culture in Granby, Quebec, her hometown.
This exhibition is inspired by a recent trip to northern Vietnam and the literary work of Vietnamese-Canadian author Kim Thùy. Diversity and Identityreveals, here and there, some fragments of this journey. Rice fields and characters adorned in traditional costumes, tinged with poetry. Combined with imagery from the novelist, the selected pictorial works are all the more evocative and look at the Vietnamese community. It must be remembered that this community made up a significant portion of immigrants to Canada as early as 1975 with the welcoming of boat people. Thus, from 1975 to 1992, more than 100,000 Vietnamese refugees, the majority of whom are refugees from the sea, were admitted to the country. These Vietnamese and their descendants are an integral part of the Canadian community and enrich our cultural makeup.
November 9—November 28, 2018
Saturday, November 10, 2018, 2:00pm—5:50pm
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