TREMBLAY-GILLON, Michèle (1944)

Michèle Tremblay-Gillon, Labyrinthide, 1995. Béton armaturé, bois, ciment de finition et teinture. 884 m x 609 cm. Photo : Alexandre Nunes.

Michèle Tremblay-Gillon holds a French Baccalauréat in philosophy from the Lycée français de New York (1962), an MFA in visual arts (1984) and an MA in art studies (1998). A former member of the editorial team at Vie des Arts magazine (1970 -1987), she taught art history, photography and video art at the Cégep de l’Outaouais in Gatineau from 1998 to 2008. Her sculptural work has earned several prestigious awards, including the 1983 Prix du Conseil de la Sculpture du Québec and an award of excellence from the Canadian Architect Review for her vibrant murals at Montreal’s LaSalle subway station (1976). Both in Quebec and abroad, she has completed numerous other projects for the integration of art into architecture, one of which is located at the main entrance to King Fahed’s palace in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (1978). Tremblay-Gillon creates strange pyramidal monuments, at times shortened, aslant or flattened against the wall, through invention and architectural construction. Resembling the labyrinthine remains of an imaginary, fossilized civilization, they evoke fragmented and unsettling mnemic places, encouraging reflection upon the fragility of present-day temples and the values they promote.

SEE:
« Les miroirs ensablés » by Mario Langlois, ESPACE, vol. 7, #2, p. 50.
« La sculpture, de rives en rives » by Serge Fisette, ESPACE #33, p. 6.
« Gloses sur le concept d’appropriation en arts visuels » by Monique Langlois, ESPACE #35, p. 21.