Emilie Rondeau was born in St-Hyacinthe, Quebec in 1979. She now lives and works in the Lower St-Lawrence area of Kamouraska, Quebec. She received her master’s degree in Fine Arts from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2006 and a bachelor’s degree in Painting and Drawing from Concordia University in 2004. Since 2004, she has taken part in many solo and group exhibitions in Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, and New Mexico.
I’m interested in landscape. I use different mediums and mixed techniques to create a landscape, looking for new ways to traverse it or pull the attention to new depths. By means of photography, digital impression, video or installations I try to create perceptions that go beyond the usual recognition of places. I superimpose a representation onto the actual. I reproduce imagined territories; I draw routes into the landscape and insert markers into it that propose circulation, exploration or contemplation.
My work accounts for a practice sustained over multiple projects that have been the object of solo and group exhibitions, public art competitions and inter and extramural events. Whether they are ephemeral or permanent works, presented in a gallery or diffused through distribution channels or in less conventional spaces, my projects testify to a relationship with the landscape.
This connection to landscape can come in many forms, as much by the techniques employed as by the angle of approach that I wish to confer on the project. The landscape is multifaceted in subject, space, time, place, moment or territory, depending on whether I approach it from a domestic setting or the public sphere.
Decoupage, fragmentation and the activity on the land register in my work as do infiltration, circulation and wandering. In a more symbolic way, notions of invention, creation and the re-enchantment of landscape arise. Mechanisms of transgression from the actual operate on the objectivity of the original image. In this case, my works question our relationship with the landscape and submit it to our perception of reality.