Catherine Bolduc is a visual artist born in Quebec (Canada) in 1970. She lives and works in Montreal. She has had several solo and group exhibitions in Canada and abroad (Japan, Germany, Spain, France, Netherlands and the United States). She has taken part in various artist residencies abroad, including the prestigious Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, the Studio du Québec à Tokyo and, in the context of Pépinières européennes pour jeunes artistes, the National Sculpture Factory in Cork, Ireland. She has received numerous awards, including the Bourse Duchamp-Villon 2001, Best Publication at the Gala des arts visuels 2012 and the Powerhouse Prize 2013. She also has received many research grants (Canada Council for the Arts and Quebec Council for the Arts). Her
eighth permanent public sculpture will be inaugurated in 2019. Her artwork is part of important private and public collections, including the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.. Catherine Bolduc is represented by Galerie D'Este (Montreal).
In my art practice, I am interested in the way the psyche perceives and constructs reality by feeding it with its own desires, by supplanting it with its fabrication of fiction. The world is seen as a complex mental construction, partly personal and partly social, where memory blends with perception and fiction with reality. My work rests on subjective experiences dealing with personal memories in which fantasizing and idealization produce a mental transfiguration of reality. Or conversely, when desire is subjected to the ordeal of reality and perception is faced head-on by disillusion and deception. By referring to the idea of elsewhere, to the memory of ecstatic childhood, to love desire or dreamlike wandering, for example, my art pieces are an invitation to experience fantasy-spaces but where magic also reveals its dark side. My aesthetic intention is twofold: it oscillates between the evocation of human vulnerability in front of the discrepancy of reality with desires and the reconciliation by a celebration of the poetic power of the banal.