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Sophie Jodoin: The Cherished Ones

NEWZONES
Calgary AB – Oct 30-Nov 20, 2010

Sophie Jodoin, The Cherished Ones #7

Sophie Jodoin, The Cherished Ones #7 (2010), conté on Mylar [Newzones, Calgary AB, Oct 30-Nov 20]

Sophie Jodoin, The Cherished Ones #1

Sophie Jodoin, The Cherished Ones #1 (2010), conté on Mylar [Newzones, Calgary AB, Oct 30-Nov 20]

Sophie Jodoin, The Cherished Ones #5

Sophie Jodoin, The Cherished Ones #5 (2010), conté on Mylar [Newzones, Calgary AB, Oct 30-Nov 20]

Sophie Jodoin, The Cherished Ones #6

Sophie Jodoin, The Cherished Ones #6 (2010), conté on Mylar [Newzones, Calgary AB, Oct 30-Nov 20]

In The Cherished Ones, Montreal artist Sophie Jodoin has created a series of small, creepy people holding stuffed animals, dolls or pets. Some have the faces of children and others of elderly women. Some have black hoods in the place of heads. The disturbing figures are reminiscent of little girls and women from a home for the demented, a reform school or a horror film.

The pale, almost monochrome images have an antiquated, sepia quality that is arguably relieved by smudges of pale red paint that read as either rouge or watery blood. Created with conté, acrylic and paint on Mylar, a slightly water-resistant surface, Jodoin further dislocates the heads and bodies with a style that resembles collage.

Sophie Jodoin graduated from the Visual Arts program at Concordia University in Montreal in 1988. Since 2000, she has had solo exhibits at Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, Edward Day Gallery, Toronto, and Newzones, Calgary. In 2009, she was awarded a Research/Creation Grant by the Canada Council for the Arts. Like Canadian artist Angela Grossmann, Jodoin has applied themes of displacement, imprisonment, war and child abuse in previous work. A 2006 series entitled Girl featured small, black gesso and conté pictures of children who appeared to have been hanged.

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Mia Johnson


 Thu, Nov 4, 2010