Clusters – Annie Baillargeon


Clusters place us in front of the confrontation between the characters and this exorbitant agglomeration of materials conflates the different roles of femininity (girlhood, motherhood, woman/object, woman/human). The digitally multiplied body of the artist lends itself to various aspects of gender performativity. Through the plurality of their staging, these doubles compose a mythology of contemporary female figures in line with postfeminism.

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In this photographic series, Baillargeon reflects on the relationship between woman and objects. What power do objects have on our choices and to what extent do they define us? How can things shape our understanding of identity? How can we act and survive in a world of hoarding, dominated by objects? How can we find a neutral space and a self-identity, despite the constant solicitation of objects?

By deploying the human figure inside forged environments, where the influx of things is overwhelming, the artist depicts the disoriented human who tries nevertheless to occupy the most important role in her own existence.

Annie Baillargeon has explored a multidisciplinary art based on an exalted and transgressive representation of the body. Drawn to the relationship between various modes of expression, she combines digital photomontage and watercolour to create unsettling frescoes with an existentialist bent. The body, which is the central motif in her work, is multiplied, staged, and transposed in strange and whimsical worlds where farce, vulgarity, satire, and tragedy collide. The individual is shown in all her sublimity as well as her most troubling moments.

Annie Baillargeon lives and works in Quebec City. Her work is part of numerous private, institutional and corporate collections including those of the National Gallery of Canada, the Prêt d’oeuvres d’art of the Musée national des beaux-art du Québec, Desjardins, Global Affairs Canada and Loto-Québec. She has also completed several projects of public art particularly for the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec in Montreal, for the Parc Louis-Joliette in Quebec City, as well as for the headquarters of the Centre de réadaptation en déficience intellectuelle de Québec. Also a performance artist, Baillargeon was co-founder and member of multidisciplinary collective Les Fermières Obsédées, and is now the founding member of multidisciplinary collective B.L.U.S.H.


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