Michelle Héon holds a Master’s degree in architectural planning and design from the Université de Montréal (1978). She now divides her time between Montreal and Paris, where she completed an undergraduate degree in art and computer imaging (Licence: Arts et technologies de l’image; 1988 and 1991) and an applied degree in art aesthetics, sciences and technologies (DEA Esthétique, sciences et technologies des arts; 1989) at Université Paris 8. Héon is known primarily for her use of paper, pulp and fabric to create artwork in the form of boats and ceremonial clothing such as kimonos. Her in situ installations draw upon the history of their locations, evoking past events and human survival throughout the ages. In 1993, she received a special mention under the UNESCO Prize for the Promotion of the Arts for her body of research in sculpture. The following year, she designed the set and costumes for La princesse blanche at the Monument-National, while in 2001, she participated in Artefact 2001 – Urban Sculptures, exhibiting three “capsized” boats on the Lachine Canal.
Michelle Héon, Barques, 2004. Denim broyé sur structure métallique. Barques de 7 à 8,50 m L. Installation de trois barques sur un des étangs du Roz, canal de Nantes à Brest. Photo avec l’aimable autorisation de l’artiste.