Art and Literature
Over the decades, Moncton’s cultural community has seen the development of many great creative connections between visual artists and writers. This porosity between the two spheres of creation has been particularly apparent in visual artists who developed a writing practice in parallel to their artistic practice, like Guy Arsenault.
Évangéline redit preserves the textual and sonic traces of a group performance orchestrated by Maryse Arseneault and developed in collaboration with five people active in Moncton’s theatre and poetry circles: Monique Arseneault, Monica Bolduc, Paul Bossé, Marc Chamberlain and Céleste Godin. This performance, held at Galerie Sans Nom in the fall of 2018, brought together the five performers to read aloud excerpts from poems, stories, songs, and plays, making reference to the shared places which are a part of the collective imagination of Acadians living in Moncton. Read simultaneously at irregular intervals, the texts were rendered indistinguishable, merging together into a cacophony.
Évangéline redit (detail), 2018, prints on plexi panels, sound device and earphones
[...] the hypnotic rhythms sound like incantations [...] or Gregorian chants that echo the symbolic strength of Acadian oral traditions and speech.
Maryse Arseneault has pursued a multidisciplinary practice since 2005. She creates interrelated works that explore, with poetry and sensitivity, questions that resonate with both the personal and the universal. These often-participatory works engage the viewer and call for critical contemplation. Her most recent work examines memory and emotion permeating objects and places, which she seeks to prompt through art.
Born in Moncton and living in Montreal, Arseneault completed a master’s degree in printmaking at Concordia University in 2015, after obtaining her Bachelor of Visual Arts from the Université de Moncton in 2006. Her work has been exhibited at venues including the Galerie d’art Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen, Galerie Sans Nom, Connexion Artist-Run Centre for Contemporary Art, Eastern Edge Gallery, and Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario. Arseneault’s work has also been included in numerous group exhibitions and in festivals such as Third Shift, RE:FLUX, and 7a*11d.