Un peu plus haut, mon torse veillait sur vous
Pascale Théorêt-Groulx's practice in video, performance and installation focuses on the relationship of the body to its physical, social and psychic environment. She examines the uncertainty and unpredictability of the world around us and the uncontrollable human need to tame it. Théorêt-Groulx is originally from Gatineau where she obtained a Bachelor of Art degree with a major in Visual Arts and a minor in Comics from the Université du Québec en Outaouais. In 2014 she completed a Master's degree in Media Arts at Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver for which she received a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Graduate Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Théorêt-Groulx has been artist-in-residence at the Banff Centre in Alberta, the DAÏMÔN artist-run center in Gatineau, Pigment Sauvage in Baltimore and the Vermont Studio Center. From 2015 to 2019 she was artist-in-residence at the Fonderie Darling's studios in Montreal. Her work has been presented in several solo and group exhibitions including at the Fonderie Darling, Centre Clark, Dare-Dare and Galerie B-312 in Montreal, Verticale in Laval, Shenkman Art Centre in Ottawa and ICA in Baltimore, Maryland. She is currently based in Montreal.
During the fall of 2018, Pascale Théorêt-Groulx devoted herself to a project, which she describes as "a little crazy", which led her to travel tens of kilometers on Laval territory accompanied by a drone. Rather than using it as a simple aerial image sensor, she wanted to exploit its communication potential. A small box connected to an Arduino electronic card allowed the flying device called EAI (Entité Aérienne Instable) to drop paper messages over the heads of people, who were sometimes followed to their homes by the drone. Two years later, papier-mâché pigeons filled with messages and a small glass heart fell from the sky. During the live aerial interventions, the artist's flying avatar shared his slightly offbeat meditations on this strange world he was observing from above. The project Un peu haut, mon torse veillait sur vous examines the power of connexion and paradoxically of alienation operated by images, language and technology. At Galerie B-312, it will be shown as a video installation in the small room.