Louise Viger

Montreal, Quebec

Je m’attarde parfois auprès des autres endormie, 2018

I Sometimes Linger with Those who are Sleeping, 2018

Two bodies are seated, one on the ground and the other on a plinth. They are leaning on each other. The figures are life-size wooden manikins that the artist uses to create the pose of the models that inspire her, manikins that become the work of art.

One of the characters wears a mask, whilst the other one’s legs are powerless. They are fragile and rest one against the other, for each of them needs its partner for support, help and protection.

They have found shelter in the attic – a place of accumulation and secrets, where our most intimate thoughts are both relegated and rediscovered. Memories engender imagination and reveries. The French philosopher, Gaston Bachelard, considers the attic a place of memory that illuminates the past. Thus, through finding themselves lodged under the rafters of the house, the figures become embodiments of time past and time to come, and represent the cycle of life. They express personal journeys, solidarity, benevolence and friendship.

The title ‘Je m’attarde parfois auprès des autres endormies’ (I sometimes linger with those who are sleeping’) is a quotation from France Mongeau’s fine collection of poems, ‘Lectures d’un lieu’ (Trois-Rivières, Écrits des Forges, 2010, p. 58), for which I thank the author.


Louise Viger was born in Grand-Mère and lives and works in Montreal. She creates multidisciplinary works where sculptural installations have an overwhelming role.She has held several solo exhibitions in Quebec, Canada and abroad, notably at the Musée d’art contemporain in Montreal (MACM) and the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ). Her work has been presented in important collective exhibitions and has been mentioned in several publications, notably:‘Exposer l’art contemporain du Québec’ (Francine Couture, 2002), ‘La sculpture et le vent. Femmes sculpteures au Québec’ (Serge Fisette, 2004).

Louise Viger has created twelve works of integration with architecture, several of which can be found in Montreal: ‘Voix sans bruit (2005) for the Grande Bibliothèque ; ‘Une architecture d’air’ (2015), installed at the south entrance to the Plaza Saint-Hubert ; ‘La traversée des lucioles’ (2017), integrated in the new CHUM (The Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal), and ‘La voie des souffles’ (2017), created for the Cité de la culture et du sport, Place Bell, in Laval.

Collaboration with other artists is often at the heart of her projects. These active relationships set up a dialogue between each of the disciplines concerned: visual arts, poetry, music and dance. Her work can be found in numerous private and public collections, including the MACM and the MNBAQ.

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