Fragile fabric sculptures

pianoThe 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.”

These two are from the series Ghosts of Montreal.

-The ghosts of the Queen’s Hotel, 2006-07, embroidery on tulle and organza, 144″x48″x24″  

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-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.


There are 75 comments

    1. boomerontario

      Hi Anette – You know, I don’t really think there’s any reaction to this artist except being blown away. She is phenomenal. Thanks for taking the time to share your response.


    1. boomerontario

      I am so with you on this. I’m determined to see her studio, or her next show. This artist, and the other one you liked (Rachel McFarlane) are definitely, without question, artists to watch. Jannick Deslauriers just was picked out of several thousand artists from 80 countries for the (prestigious) West Collection, the only Canadian selected. There’ll be an exhibition later this year.


    1. boomerontario

      I agree with the wow. Next time I’m in Montreal, I must find out where she’s on exhibit, or who has one of her works in their permanent collection. I’m with you: Definitely would love to see them in person. Thank you for the comment.


  1. William Strong

    Thanks for liking my post of the first chapter in my book. You’ve got some interesting stuff here. This art is pretty amazing.


      1. William Strong

        Thanks! Glad to hear you are enjoying it. Thanks for following along. I haven’t decided if I will post the entire book here but if you want to read more and I don’t post new chapters, let me know and I could probably send you more.


  2. earthslang

    Wow, these are rad azz! It must have taken her a long time to make these. It’s amazing what one can do with time, imagination and patience… Thanks for sharing!


  3. Painter Lady

    Thank you for visiting my space today…I will spend some time wandering about your home base for awhile! Love the fabric sculptures! Whimsical…and also incorporating materials so well!


  4. Bonnie Michelle

    Again, thank you for the excellent commentary. It would be mesmerizing to walk through her poppy fields. Artistic endeavors are so incredibly varied. You are broadening our experiences by exposing us to the arts!


  5. Divine Lunacy

    Mouth dropping – in awe – brilliant. Yes I’d have to agree—the tank – the delicate fabric – is truly a contrast. The tank’s destructiveness and the fragility of life and how war destroys.


    1. boomerontario

      Absolutely, but that’s what I’ve always imagined artistic drive results in. I can’t imagine how she conceived of all this in the first place, it’s so incredibly beautiful and creative.


      1. Hetterbell

        I imagine that she thought of the idea for one piece and then all the other possibilites of other combinations came to her and it snowballed. I bet she’s got lots more ideas of things to do in the same way. Fantastic.


  6. magsx2

    Wow, I would of never believed someone could do this with fabric, very unique, and very well done. I especially like the poppy’s and the piano, just gorgeous.


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