Jessica Arseneau is an Acadian artist using performance, video, drawing and installation where each series of work informs the next. In her pieces, she creates a space of poetic tension, often using ephemeral structures, the human body and readymade objects from households and construction sites. The theme of her work often deal with collective imaginary (music/literature), systems of representation, events, rituals and gestures. The resulted experiences and environments suggest a suspended narrative — an implausible storyline seems in a temporal state between successive created actions of drama and those who have already taken place.

Arseneau received her B.A. from the Université de Moncton (2011) and was a member of the cooperative artist studio Atelier King Kong from 2013 to 2015 (Montreal). Public presentations of her work occurred at art spaces such as Darling Foundry (Montreal), BronxArtSpace (New York), Galerie Sans Nom (Moncton) and Janaklees for Visual Arts (Alexandrie). Recently, her work has been shown at Traverse Vidéo (Toulouse), HGB Galerie (Leipzig) and Galerie Bipolar (Leipzig).

Works

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Transposition, 2017
Venetian blind and metal
160 cm x 140 cm x 100 cm
Installation view at HGB Leipzig

 

A Thousand Times Nothing

A Thousand Times Nothing, 2016
Photo documentation of performance
Approx. 40 min.
At Prép’Art during Rencontres Traverse Vidéo, Toulouse
Photo credit: R. Larocque

 

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Lost Idyll, 2015
Two channels digital video projection
11 min. 55 sec.
Installation view at Galerie d’art Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen, Moncton
Photo credit: Louis-Philippe Chiasson

 

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Scale 1:1, 2016
Digital print on canvas and latex paint on wall
Print dimensions: 132cm x 252cm
Installation view at Galerie Bipolar, Leipzig
Photo credit: Alexander Lorenz

 

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Stratas, 2015
Venetian blinds and wood
Dimensions variable
Installation view in a wasteland, Laval (Montreal’s suburb)