12 Female Artists And One Writer Collab On This New Montreal Expo
The Georges-Vanier Cultural Centre will be home to a homegrown exposition marrying the visual arts with creative writing.
24 images and 13 poems will come alive through 24 visual art pieces by about 12 local female illustration artists from in and around Montreal. The idea behind this is to have women come together by inspiring themselves from various texts and coming up with illustrations that they feel fit.
The idea springs from Garance Philippe, who decided to put it all together when she got suddenly inspired. She offered Carte-Blanche to these talented emerging artists that she recruited via Instagram.
The exposition will happen between the 2nd of February until the 17th of March and is free to the public.
We decided to hit up Garance Philippe to ask her a bit more about the project through and interview and she delivered.
Scroll through our Q&A below.
How would you describe your event in under 140 characters?
« Une expo célébrant la créativité au féminin pluriel. »
When did you come up with the idea of merging writing and illustrations with local artists ?
In April 2016, bored by a somewhat dull daily life, I wanted to jazz it up. I went looking for calls for projects that would stimulate this creative fibre in me - which only wants to be animated!
I wanted to do "something" with my texts ; to give a purpose to my literary Tap'Touche ; to make my poems-not-poems vibrate in the eyes of more than my parents (ha!).
In the months before, I had developed a new passion for illustration. I spent hours criss-crossing Instagram's profiles to discover the people who worked in this field.
By eying the many calls for projects, I did not have the same call as before… I raised my nose on the stage – theater my first love – and concluded that I had to get out of my comfort zones, explore new avenues.
Has social media taken any part in coming up with the concept of bringing all these artists together under one expo?
It didn’t influence the initial idea but definitely played a major part in discovering artists, contacting them and them letting people know we are doing this.
What was the process for you choosing the women to collaborate with? Did anyone refuse to join?
The process? First and far most: my gut.
I was looking for girls with either a powerful point of view or a very defined style. I was also careful to pick artist from different fields: tattoo, design, embroidery, etc. to have a wide range of standpoints.
For sure some people had to say no. Life’s life: people are busy and have to prioritize. Though, no one refused cause they weren’t interested – that’s pretty cool. There were just not enough days in a week for a few. But to be honest, I was quite surprised of how fast my girls said yes, how willing they were to take part in this adventure, even if they didn’t know me at all. I think the concept of É(E)S stands on it’s own and can be, in that perspective, quite inviting.
The expo revolves around bringing talented women together. Do you feel like it is of importance to put more value on women coming together to collaborate with everything that is happening in the USA and around the world?
Will this expo inspire you to put together more similar-type of events in the near future?
For the moment, É(E)S will actually be “touring” in the city threw out the year. Spring come, we’ll be showing in a superb microbrewery set in the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve neighbourhood of Montreal. Around September, the exhibit we’ll also be visiting another part of town – stay tuned!
So… As you can imagine, my hands are already quite full for 2017. That said, I had a blast organizing É(E)S and would certainly be open to reiterate the experience, especially now I know that, it can be done : we can change the world, in our own very teeny-tiny way!
If you are interested to check this out for yourself, you can attend the event on Facebook right here.
Main photo: ÉES facebook page
Body photo: © Studio Couleur Vive