BAILLARGEON, Carole (1959)

Carole Baillargeon, L’arbre est dans ses feuilles, Élément 1, 1995-2002. Jeans modifiés et assemblés au point de boutonnière, base de tabouret, roulettes. 97 x 49 x 49 cm. Photo : Michel Gauvin.

Carole Baillargeon holds a Bachelor’s degree in scenography (1986) and an MFA (1996) from Concordia University and completed the coursework for a Doctorate in the study and practice of art (2003-2004) at the Université du Québec à Montréal. Using various materials such as paper, fabric, buttons, wax, tea bags, wood, hair and metal, she works on clothing in relation to the body and/or the environment, whether from a psychological, social or identity-based standpoint. She focuses on clothing as a metaphor for the body, as a veil or an exhibition, a negation or proclamation of the body, and also explores its association with finery, modesty and protection. Baillargeon’s materials produce dualities in the context of trompe-l’œil that are at times playful and at other times sombre. For example, in a work presented in an exhibition entitled Turbulence (1988), paper resembles corroded metal, playing on the tension between real/artificial, natural/industrial. Baillargeon has also curated exhibitions, such as the Biennale internationale du lin de Portneuf in 2004-2005.

SEE:

« Carole Baillargeon : Le discours de la séduction et la ré-humanisation » by Jocelyne Connolly, ESPACE #20, p. 40.
« La sculpture habillée/déshabillée » by Nycole Paquin, ESPACE #60, p. 5.
« Carole Baillargeon : Quand l’art sort du vestiaire » by Nathalie Côté, ESPACE #60, p. 42.