Annie Thibault

GATINEAU, QUEBEC

La chambre des cultures, déviance et survivance

FORÊT et CANDÉLABRE

The Laboratory of Growth, Deviation and Survival

FOREST and CANDELABRA


Having used cultivated fungi, plankton and bacteria as artistic materials since 1995, I have over the last few years concentrated on the cultivation methods of domestic mushrooms imported from Asia.

La Chambre des cultures, déviance et survivance’ (‘The Laboratory of Growth, Deviation and Survival) was inspired by a childhood memory of the experience of coming across a glade of mushrooms. The work presents two sculptural installations and a video that offers visitors the captivating experience of the simple evolution and transformation of living matter and its resilience.


Since I am inspired by an aesthetic of life alive with the multiple intermingling of art, science and nature, my artistic practice brings together drawing, sculpture, installation, photography and video.Through the borrowing of tools and technical resources from biological research and educational centres, I attempt to create a world imbued with mystery where living matter becomes a substrate.


My interest for the underground growth networks of mushrooms as interconnected ecological systems has led me to create works that in some ways question, both scientifically and artistically, the sensitivity of non-human life forms and the resilience of nature.


Biography

Annie Thibault lives and works in Gatineau. She earned a Bachelors Degree in Arts and Design from the Université du Québec en Outaouais and a Masters Degree in Fine Arts from the University of Ottawa. She has created several permanent public works of art and has held exhibitions linked to her residencies in biological laboratories in Canada and abroad. Her works can be found in several private and public collections.

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