Portfolio: Josée Pedneault

 

Biography

 

Josée Pedneault lives and works in Montreal. In 2005, she completed an MFA in Studio Arts at Concordia University. Since 2006, she has been artist-in-residence at the Ujazdowski Castle in Poland (2006), at the Cité des Arts in Paris (2008), at the Quebec studio in Mexico City (2009) and SIM in Iceland (2011). Her work has been presented in Canada, in Europe and in Asia. She has received the support of the ”Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec” and the Canada Council for the Arts for her artistic research projects, along with having been awarded the Devoir/Contact Image People’s Choice award and William Blair Bruce European Fine Art Travel Scholarship.

 

Artist Statement

 

Through photography, video and installation, Josée Pedneault explores the delicate construction of human and emotional ties that bind the people to the worls. Her ideas take roots from personal or observed experiences: attachment and detachment, transition phases and uprooting. Intimate and delicate images often hide a more dark and profound background, a nostalgia for what is inaccessible, a disillusionment towards lost hopes. Facing a contemplative and poetic imagination, and often consisting of a large amount of images, the artist’s works are presented as installations in gallery spaces or in situ. Travel, quest and the wandering state are central themes explored in her work, which is a reflection on human experience: desires, failures and utopias.