cherry, 2018
3/4” x 14” x 14”
cerisier, contreplaqué de merisier russe, fini à la laque.



tamarack, 2018
3/4” x 14” x 14”
tamarack, contreplaqué de merisier russe, fini à la laque.




red oak, 2018
3/4” x 14” x 14”
chène rouge, contreplaqué de merisier russe, fini à la laque.




walnut 3, 2018
3/4” x 14” x 14”
noyer noir, contreplaqué de merisier russe, fini à la laque.



butternut, 2018
3/4” x 14” x 14”
noyer cendré, contreplaqué de merisier russe, fini à la laque.




walnut, 2018
3/4” x 14” x 14”
noyer noir, contreplaqué de merisier russe, fini à la laque.




ash, 2018
3/4” x 14” x 14”
frène, contreplaqué de merisier russe, fini à la laque.




apple, 2018
3/4” x 14” x 14”
pomme, contreplaqué de merisier russe, fini à la laque.




bird’s eye maple, 2018
3/4” x 14” x 14”
érable piqué, contreplaqué de merisier russe, fini à la laque.




maple, 2018
3/4” x 14” x 14”
érable, contreplaqué de merisier russe, fini à la laque.




beech, 2018
3/4” x 14” x 14”
tamarack, contreplaqué de merisier russe, fini à la laque.




hickory, 2018
3/4” x 14” x 14”
caryer, contreplaqué de merisier russe, fini à la laque.

îles de bois

bois local divers, fini à la laque et cire d’abeille, 2018.

This series of wood ‘paintings’ was recently exhibited in Dorchester Square, a park in downtown Montréal. Each work is made of wood from local tree species.


Scientific research tells us that looking at a piece of wood can lower heart rate, blood pressure and the body’s response to stress. By revealing the diversity of colour, pattern and texture among local tree species, this
series of ‘paintings’ suggests an inward looking experience. My interest lay in a subtractive process between painting and sculpture that uncovers and arranges repetitive visual planes from inside a tree. These images highlight moments of peacefulness and vulnerability, making visible the passage of time through annual rings and signs of struggle. I use these graphic gestures to confront the (im)permanence of our own experiences and the changing nature of loss and memory over time.



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