Michèle Lavoie holds a BFA (1988) and an MFA (1999) in visual arts from the Université du Québec à Montréal and completed advanced training in Italy, the United States and Montreal. In 1987, she notably worked as Georges Dyens’ assistant on a holographic project entitled Big Bang (shown at the Images du Futur exhibition). Beginning in 1988, Lavoie taught sculpture at the Saidye Bronfman Centre until the closing of the school in 2007. Now offering sculpture courses at her studio in Montreal, she has participated in numerous exhibitions in the United States, France and Quebec, including the Schola Sculptura ’97 symposium in the Old Port of Montreal. She favours working in stone, to which she adds diverse materials such as oak leaves, wax, wood, coloured pigments, lead and metal. Her usually slender sculptures thus break with the traditional dichotomy between noble materials and poor/everyday materials.
Michèle Lavoie, Construction/Déconstruction, 2010. Calcaire Indiana et St-Marc, branches, feuilles, gland du chêne, acier. 132 x 25 x18 cm. Photo avec l’aimable autorisation de l’artiste.