Breaking up the landscape
I depict territories and places ; tackling the geological, vegetal, geographical, biological and cultural aspects of the concept of landscape. The effects and traces of human activity on the ecosystem wich is defined as : living organisms being part of a whole, in a specific environment, my research defines the art object, artist and visitor as integral components. Therefore the concept of ecosystem is a core element of my art research. By paying close attention to the natural environment that I am in, I can understand these organisms and attempt to archive them through the tedious process of representation. These objects and images are displayed afterwards in the space through manipulation during the installation process. My art production is multidisciplinary and I tend to build a meticulous, and pseudo-scientific, inventory of nature. Because my work starts by collecting elements found through my expeditions and trips, travelling is essential to the renewal of my collection and studies of an endemic nature.
Young artist from Levis (Quebec, Canada), Audrée Demers-Roberge works and lives in Quebec City now. She studied Contemporary Arts, Environmental Art Profile, at the University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland, in 2009-2010. She completed her Bachelor in Contemporary Arts at Laval Univeristy, in 2011, Quebec City, Qc. She also completed a Microprogram in Organic Agriculture, at Laval University, in 2014. Her art practice is multidisciplinary. Her work has been showned in group shows at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Baie-Saint-Paul (Charlevoix, Qc), at l’Oeil de Poisson (Quebec City), in two Laval University galleries (Quebec City), in University of Lapland Kajo Gallery (Rovaniemi, Finland) and did residencies in Newfoundland (Canada), Nova- Scotia (Canada), Hudson (Qc) and attends a residency at Prima Ink, in Tromsø (Norway), in august 2016. She is co-founder of POPULUS GROUPUSCULE collective, who curated and organized the first edition of the Contemporary Art Festival, PÉRIPHÉRIQUE, in june 2015 (Qc). PÉRIPHÉRIQUE is also a web project www.peripherique.ca.
Through my intaglio, monotype prints and mixed media works I find a means to explore my continued fascination with the natural world—its strength and beauty—while drawing attention to the imperfections and impermanence of all living things. The 'perfect' asymmetry in nature, the odd shaped spaces between branches or the awkward curl of one petal on a flower is where my curiosity takes root. The process and materials are as important to my work as the subject matter, and it is my hope that I am able to create pieces that convey a sense of calm, place and nostalgia while drawing attention to the beauty and fragility of the natural world.
Tammy Ratcliff was born in Toronto in1966. She studied printmaking at BealArt in London, Ontario and has been printing since her first class in 1990. After leaving school, she opened a small print studio and gallery, which she ran for seven years with a fellow printmaker, Ryan Price, in downtown Guelph. She lives in Guelph with her family and spends most of her time at her printmaking practice in her own studio.
Her work has shown extensively in group and solo shows, most recently at Renann Isaacs Contemporary Art in Guelph, AWOL Gallery in Toronto for Printopolis, Macdonald Stewart Art Centre and with Open Studio for Art Toronto. Tammy has received provincial grants and various awards for her artwork since first exhibiting in 1993 and was awarded third prize in Open Studio's National Printmaking Awards in 2010. Tammy has travelled with her work, notably to residencies at Frans Masereel Centrum in Belgium and Spark Box Studios in Picton, Ontario. Her work is included in numerous private, public and corporate collections including the Dan Donovan Collection, Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, Ernst & Young and Cambridge Galleries.