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Lorraine Simms
From March 5th 1998 to April 11th 1998
Conte de jours

"The human face is an empty force, a field of death."
- Artonin Artaud

In this installation I juxtapose a series of self portraits with excerpts from the writings of my paternal grandmother. Here, paintings and writings mirror each other, as both my grandmother and I have compiled personal records - inventories - of daily experience. Projecting her writings and lists onto the gallery walls, I transcribe the marks of my grandmother's hand as the sign of both her visibility and invisibility. Using a pocket mirror I explore and record the disposition of my face, endeavoring to grasp the slippery passage of time. These observations, inscribed within different speaking positions and discursive traditions, chart the different forms genealogy assumes. For this moment our contrasting identities, shaped by location, inheritances and social conditions, become closely entwined. In this work, subjective experience is embodied and expressed in actions that perpetually form, invent and change identity.

Lorraine Simms is an artist and teacher who lives and works in Montreal. She obtained her master's degree from Concordia University, where she currently teaches. Her work has been exhibited both locally and nationally, and she has curated several exhibitions. In 1996 her installations were included in two group exhibitions: "Trans/mission", at Galerie La Centrale and "Les occupantes", an apartment based exhibition sponsored by Venus Fly Trap Collective. In 1997 her painting series, Nomenclature, was shown at Galerie Sans Nom in Moncton, New Brunswick, as part of a two-person exhibition. Recently, her works have been exhibited at Galerie Luz in Montréal and Archive Gallery in Toronto.

Bibliographie
- Aquin, Stéphane, «L’art de vivre», Voir, 26 mars – 1 avril 1998, p.77.
- Lehmann, Henry, «Photo exhibition by Evergon more chic than cheeky», The Gazette, 28 mars 1998, p.J6.