Catherine Bolduc

Montréal, Québec, Canada

Galerie d’art du Parc

864, rue des Ursulines, Trois-Rivières - N46 20.587 W72 32.290

“Suddenly it was as though the whole air had come alive and were pulsing, pulsing with the indefatigable movement of blood. Up there, in Malpais, the drums were being beaten. Their feet fell in with the rhythm of that mysterious heart; they quickened their pace. Their path led them to the foot of the precipice. The sides of the great mesa ship towered over them, three hundred feet to the gunwale.

– I wish we could have brought the plane,” said Lenina, looking up resentfully at the blank impending rock-face. “I hate walking. And you feel so small when you’re on the ground at the bottom of a hill.”

Aldous Huxley. Brave New World

Attempt to escape

As part of the Biennale nationale de sculpture de Trois-Rivières, a passage from the novel "Brave New World", in which Bernard and Lenina are with "the savages", caught my attention. The breathtaking landscape, both mysterious and sublime, which is described, makes an absolute contrast with the usual reality of the protagonists. In their "brave new world", everything is organized, standardized, and the tragedy is inexistent. My intention for the Biennale is to "reproduce" the visual contrast between the two worlds by building an installation where the landscape functions as a fantastical apparition, an escape toward the imagination, a way out to escape the sometimes alienating contingencies of everyday hazards.

In your artistic background, which perspective connects you to the theme Brave New World?

In my practice, I am interested in how the psyche perceives and constructs reality by transgressing it by the fabrication of fantastical fictions. My work feeds on subjective experiences where the idealization operates a mental transfiguration of reality or when, conversely, the desire undergoes the test of reality. My recent research addresses the notion of landscape as a mode of interpretation and construction of the world by staging the part of subjectivity involved in the perception.


Catherine Bolduc holds a Master in Visual and Media Arts at UQAM. In addition to her many exhibitions in Quebec, France, Germany, the Netherlands and the United States, she made several artist residencies abroad, including one in Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin and one of the Studio du Québec in Tokyo.

The artist thanks the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec for this project

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