Portrait, Chloe Desjardins, 2020


Chloe Desjardins completed a Master’s degree in creation at the School of Visual and Media Arts at the University of Quebec in Montreal. During this training, she studied and deepened her knowledge of casting and moulding techniques. Now, sculpture takes up a predominant place in her practice. Over the last few years, Chloe Desjardins presented exhibitions in many cities in Quebec and Canada. Her work is part of the Montreal, Laval and Longueuil municipal art collections, the STM art collection, the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Québec CPOA art collection and the Musée d’art de Joliette permanent art collection. Chloe Desjardins is the president of the board committee of the B-312 artist’s run centre. Many time supported by the Quebec Council for the arts and the Canada Council for the arts, she is the recipient of the Plein Sud honorary Grant 2014.

Artist statement

At the core of my practice lies a marked interest in art history and artistic skills. This attention on context, materiality and traces of the process pushes me to try to reveal the external structures of artwork’s conception and production. The reversals, mirroring, and contrast plays that I imagine bring out the symbolic value of the materials that I use (like plaster and porcelain) and the objects that I represent (most of the time containers and tools). Furthermore, I associate apparently incompatible or contrary elements to generate a questioning on our a priori about art conventions. In that sense, my work not only arouses curiosity, but encourages the watcher to use its sensitivity and develop critical thinking.