Born in Québec City, Annie Descôteaux lives and works in Montréal. In 2001, she earned a BA degree in visual arts from Concordia University.
She has exhibited works in solo exhibitions at L’Œil de Poisson, in Québec City (2015), AXNÉO7, in Gatineau (2012) and Atelier Punkt, in Montréal (2009). She has also participated in group exhibitions such as Stations, People, Eat, Drink, curated by Jeanie Riddle at the Parisian Laundry gallery, in Montréal, Champ amical, curated by Michel Laforest and presented at Montréal’s Occurrrence in 2014, and the 4th edition of ORANGE, a contemporary art event organised by Centre Expression and presented in Saint-Hyacinthe in 2012.
Central to the work of Annie Descôteaux are collage and assemblage of cut-outs of colour paper as well as a fascination for the sometimes absurd relationships we maintain with material possessions. For her, the objects of everyday life describe, in the form of charades or of more or less intelligible rebus, complex situations or states of mind. Their interplay allows the artist to cast an amused and sometimes puzzling eye on our way of life and our consumption habits.
Annie Descôteaux is as much interested in the domestication of nature as in the use we make of it. Over the years, she has tried to use her cuttings and collages as a personal critique of these phenomena and she has now added an interest for installations. Indeed, the objects that she creates from scratch and the tamed nature that she offers reveal strange habits that are starting points for all kinds of scenarios around stylised accessories.
But let’s not be misled! In a world where obsolescence is programmed, things are more unstable than they appear to be, and they play tricks on us…
During the Symposium, Annie Descôteaux will juxtapose a panoply of everyday objects with her paper works in order to produce, with the ambiguous scale comparisons, a tension between their actual character and their representation. Office supplies, sports accessories, cigarettes and soft-drink cans will be brought together in seemingly random assemblages, although their narrative line was presumably scripted.