Profile: Sarah Bertrand-Hamel lives and works in Montreal. She holds a Bachelor in Studio Arts from Laval University (2006) and a Master in Fine Arts from Concordia University (2014).
Be it with her crayons or sewing machine, Sarah Bertrand-Hamel draws. Curious and attentive to the materials she uses, her research has brought her into making her own paper. Since each sheet is different, each batch has its specificity, and these particularities inspire the subsequent work.
Fascinated by impermanence and singularity, the artist creates images that she repeats and reinterprets, fragments and recomposes. She is interested in transitions and shifts between these images. She traces change, and wants to make time visible.
Her work has been exhibited in Quebec, France, Mexico, Cuba, and Japan. Sarah Bertrand-Hamel's works are featured in public and private collections, including the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Loto-Québec, Cirque du Soleil, and the Museo national de la cerámica (Mexico). She is represented by Joyce Yahouda Gallery (Montreal).
Residence plan: My residency project in Youkobo Art Space focuses on research and advanced training. I will learn paper thread making (Shifu), Japanese sheet forming (Nagashizuki), and three-dimensional object making with paper pulp. I pursue two main goals: improving the quality of my paper and developing new ways of transforming it, in continuity with my previous works where handmade paper and thread are already combined.
Sarah Bertrand-Hamel wishes to thank the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec for its financial support.
|Date||2016.06.01 - 2016.06.30|