ALEXIA LAFERTÉ-COUTU | SANS TITRE
Through the gesture of soft clay pressing against the exterior surface of historic buildings, Alexia Laferté-Coutu seeks to generate an active relationship to sculpture. She associates this sculptural gesture with the process of cataplasm, an ancient therapy that consisted in temporarily applying a thick paste (clay, plants) onto part of the body in order to absorb toxins. In architectural conservation, this same process is used to clean architectural segments that have been buried under an accumulation of lead dust or pollutants. The application of a paste based on clay and active agents derived from red algae absorbs impurities adhering to the surface of the architecture, thus revealing ancient frescoes, engravings, carved friezes or facades of particular cultural value. In this installation, glass cataplasms crystallized through molding free themselves from their status as objects by suggesting unidentifiable forms and their ever absent positive.
Graduating master’s student in visual and media arts (MFA), UQAM.
Opening: May 15, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.