SIMARD-LAFLAMME, Carole (1945)

Carole Simard-Laflamme, La robe-cathédrale, 2010. Tissus et polymer. 400 x 600 x 1200 cm. Photo : Etienne Pattein.

Carole Simard-Laflamme completed studies in architecture before pursuing museology at the Université de Montréal (1991). She has shown her work in more than eighty solo and group exhibitions both in Canada and abroad, and has authored roughly a dozen publications. She has also won a number of awards that include a certificate of excellence at the 1980 International Art Competition in New York; first prize in sculpture at the 1989 La force de l’énergie, a competition held by Gaz Métropolitain; and the 2006 Prix à la Création artistique du Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec for the Montérégie region. For the past several years, she has been creating immense installations using colourful and delicate fabrics. Suspended from the ceiling like diaphanous lace curtains, these shimmering pieces fill their surroundings without seeming to overpower the space, as illustrated by La robe cathédrale, exhibited at the Saint-Eustache church in Paris (2010), and Les robes du temps autour de la flamme at the Cité internationale de la Dentelle et de la Mode in Calais (2012). She presented Corps de lumière, an homage to the renowned English sculptor Anthony Caro, in the northern French commune of Bourbourg in 2014.

« La force de l’énergie » by Alain Gignac, ESPACE, vol. 6, #3, p. 50.