Chantal Durand was born in Saint-Basile-le-Grand and lives and works in Montreal. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in visual and media arts from the Université du Québec à Montréal in 2001 and a master’s degree in textile arts from Concordia University in Montreal in 2008. Chantal Durand approaches the body like a stranger with whom one lives, or a bag one drags around whose contents are always threatening to spill out. Her soft, or apparently soft sculptures recall internal human organs without truly imitating them. Fascinating and troubling objects, these pieces re-assert the materiality of the body, its sensuality, but also its feebleness and its inevitable movement towards decomposition. For ORANGE 2012 she is presenting two works: Sans titre (silicone et gras) (2010), a large silicone skin with a “gooseflesh” texture filled with 400 kilograms of pork fat; and Sans titre (caviar, sucre noir et poudre de riz), a new work made out of components whose organic appearance is accentuated by the use of foodstuffs. Like relics, they are arranged on a table in the manner of a still life. With their rich appearance, these sculptures are tokens of both our vanity and our finitude.
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