Lorraine Dagenais earned a BFA (1978) and an MFA (creative arts option, 1988) from the Université du Québec à Montréal and completed a printmaking internship in France through the Office franco-québécois pour la jeunesse (1982). Her work combines both spatial and pictorial elements, setting forms in relief against segmented backgrounds comprised of painted and engraved surfaces. In 2003, she presented an exhibition entitled Parcelles de mémoires (“parcels of memory”) at the Musée d’art contemporain des Laurentides. Dérives (“drifting”), organized at the Galerie d’art d’Outremont in 2007, featured a series of works displayed as parts of a whole. Dagenais has received Special Mentions at Sen’Art 2000, an international triennale of contemporary art held in France (2001), and the Symposium d’art sur papier de Montréal (2004). She has also participated in many group exhibitions, including Itinéraires Paris 2005 – Art contemporain (France); Les femmeuses 2005; and Peau & Papier, the 4th International Paper Triennale at the Musée du Pays et Val de Charmey (Switzerland, 2002).
Lorraine Dagenais, Des cris, des silences et quelques soupirs, 2012. Huile, graphite et modelage de feuilles de bois de merisier. 96 x179 cm. Photo : Guy L'Heureux.