The work of young Québécois artist Jannick Deslauriers emphasizes art’s most fragile elements, through a mass of translucent fabric. Her delicate fibre art spins out thread sculptures that send strong messages, covering the ghosts of cities, people and of war. (Above: Piano, 2010-11, crinoline, rigid mesh, organza and thread)
From the Battlefield series: Poppies. 2008- 2009. textile installation. various dimensions (h: 10 feet) Ghosts of artifacts — tanks, pianos, fields of poppies — half-float in her sculptural installations, hollow and wavering.
“Elements from Jannick Deslauriers’ work create a discourse between fear and dreams, between civility and death, between harmony and conflict, between fantasy and horror,” Christiane Gauthier writes in the pamphlet for the Battlefield exhibition. “Her work expresses a dream which enables us to comprehend fully the contrasts inherent in our human condition and which allows us to understand our true nature.”
-The ghost of the Van Horne House, 2006-07, embroidery on tulle and organza, 60″x48″x24″
Last fall, she created an extraordinary fabric tank for an exhibition at the Show & Tell Gallery in Toronto.
“The massive work is both fragile and imposing as the shape of a tank is formed from translucent fabric held together by black thread. Deslaurier’s three-dimensional drawing treats a severe subject with delicacy and beauty as the hollow formation of the tank is understood in conjunction with the textile-artifact’s sheer size. It is as if the artist constructs the reality of war as something of a ghost in every person’s life.” – Design Boom review
Jannick Deslauriers was born in 1983 in Joliette, Québec. She lives and works in Montreal and teaches visual arts at Marie-Victorin College.
Her website is here.