Le Chantier: portrait of artist
Mathilde Forest

In the past year, nine artists whose approaches stem from print and photography completed a collective research and creation residency at L’imprimerie as part of Le Chantier research project on the printed and photographic image. Utilizing the centre’s facilities allowed them to develop their personal projects while taking part in group reflection and exploration.

Aside from their work in the studio, these nine creators presented the result of their experiments to the public at the maison de la culture Maisonneuve in October and November. L’imprimerie invites you to discover their work.

Mathilde Forest

As the two core elements of Mathilde Forest’s work, architecture and assembly tend to act as catalysts in her approach. Over the course of Le Chantier – research project on the printed and photographic image, Mathilde has tackled these notions by conducting all manner of formal and material experiments, exploring the various possibilities afforded by the studio’s digital and analogue equipment. These trials have been wide-ranging: from screen printing on glass, to goffering on several types of paper, and printing from photopolymer plates. The latter proved especially conclusive for the faithful recreation of the textures and motifs of buildings used in the final works.

By their installative nature, the works showcased in the exhibition still bear the mark of the original architectural design. Drawing inspiration from the themes of dereliction and the conservation of tangible and intangible heritage, the artist created works that unfold in space, using transparency within an almost theatrical installation. From images collected during a recent artist residency in Brooklyn, Mathilde creates visual variations that give new form to the re-imagined traces of these singular buildings.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts for this project.

© L’imprimerie, centre d’artistes, 2020