"Has She Returned To The Sea"
October 13 to November 12, 2016
For this exhibition, Nadine Bariteau uses the metaphor of the salmon to question the idea of the complete life and death cycle of human beings. Since her survival in a car accident in which she lost her mother, the artist addresses the themes of grief and loss to open dialogue on these taboo subjects in our society. The immersive aspect of her installation is essential to the reflection and the conversation, allowing the public to experience the installation both in the light and in the dark. The light pulse gives a poetic anchor to the installation, marking the passing of time while evoking the rhythm of inhalation and exhalation, a temporality more linear than cyclical.
Born and raised in Montréal, Nadine Bariteau is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice is rooted in printmaking, sculpture, installation and video performance. Her work examines the permanence and ethereal quality of the interplay between human-made and natural environments. She is a graduate of Concordia University (1999, Montréal) and obtained her Masters of Fine Arts at York University (2007, Toronto). Bariteau has exhibited nationally and internationally. Her work can be seen in private and public collections including Foreign Affairs Canada and the National Library of Québec. Nadine lives and works in Toronto.