She Said I have a French Face

 

In She said I have a French face, text images and large-scale paper sculpture/drawings investigate the meanings between words and lines. In the hole-punched texts, the awkwardness of assumed intersubjectivity is made plain. Inspired by interactions with friends and strangers in Montreal, these images explore meanings behind the earnest, clumsy and odd things people say to each other. Considering the complications of translating between English and French, the shift from saying words to understanding meaning can seem like a small miracle. The paper sculpture/drawings are considered in the same framework as language, with meaning and form found as much in the paper as in the intervals between. Attached to the wall in various configurations, single sheets of cut paper are lines and outlines. Like the artist Glenn Gould describes his process, these moments are about clarity and imprecision. Then, meaning is discovered or inferred through our peripheral vision.

She said I have a French face, hand hole-punched paper, 30" x 44", 2013 

photograph by Guy L'Heureux

Say what you really mean, hand hole-punched paper, 30" x 44", 2013

photograph by Guy L'Heureux

detail of the hole punching, Big Mistake, hand hole-punched paper, 30" x 44", 2013

FOFA Gallery, the yellow chairs are the site of conversations in French and in English (en francais et anglais)

detail, Big Mistake, hand hole-punched paper, 30" x 44", 2013

photograph by Guy L'Heureux

detail of holes removed from text.

photograph by Mitch Mitchel