Artist File

August 22, 2023

Artist Spotlight: Caroline Monnet’s Work Is Inspired By Her Indigenous Heritage

In our Artist File column, art advisor Diana Hamm of WK ART shares the artists that have caught her eye.

Artist Caroline Monnet explores ideas of “the home” and “our land” using industrial materials and techniques inspired by her Indigenous heritage.

The Artist: Caroline Monnet is inspired in equal parts by her Anishinaabe and French heritage. Her multidisciplinary practice explores what it means to have a dual identity — and how to reckon with it. Pulling references from her daily life growing up in Quebec, Caroline creates visually vibrant work that is at once playful and serious.

The Works: Exploring our contemporary relationship to notions such as “the home” and “our land” seen through both an Anishinaabe and Western lens, Caroline highlights the contrast between these two viewpoints. She grew up in Aylmer, Que., and her parents built and flipped houses on the side. As such, she was surrounded by construction and building materials. These have now become the defining characteristic of her own practice. Using elements such as Styrofoam insulation, polyethylene and multicolour sandpaper as her mediums, Caroline creates brightly coloured, abstract pieces that hold layers of meaning.

Author: Diana Hamm

Adam Moco (Diana's portrait)/Nick Iwanyshyn (Caroline’s portrait)/courtesy of Art Gallery of Burlington, Blouin Division and the artist (Superstrong, Framing the Bones)/Le Centre International d’Art et du Paysage de l’île de Vassivière (Vessel for Knowledge)/Kim Edmonds (Shimmers of Trust)


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