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© Cynthia Girard, 2011.

Cynthia Girard
From May 12th 2012 to June 16th 2012
Pierre Vallières + Josée Yvon

The tortoise-woman shows us a finger
dictatorship censors her ass

Ballons soaring high
as their single eye
keeps watch

Women on the run raise barricades
owl women
butterfly women
masked women
dreamy women
lascivious, a finger caught in the flying parrot’s beak
as pennant banners herald
school / prison / hospital

Birds and insects
like museologists
watch over what’s left of our dreams

Pierre Vallières painted to the quick
revolutionary and luminous
sparrows like Cinderella’s titmice
fly with his face
an evening dress
for a revolutionist’s thought

Josée Yvon’s writings haunt this project
revolutionary ideologies repainted
melding the imaginary and the political

What will tomorrow’s utopias be
working out a passage between
free-market economics and
solidarity

Taking up the surrealist dream in a world where
animals are our accomplices
sheltered from language
united with our denuded
bio-politized bodies

Silent, worried but victorious
colour-saturated
lascivious, vengeful,
in the undergrounds of imagination


Cynthia Girard

The artist thanks the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseils des arts et des lettres du Québec.

Cynthia Girard's "Pierre Vallières et Josée Yvon" exhibition is the subject of an article by Jérôme Delgado, f(r)ictions politiques (Le Devoir, June 2nd-3rd 2012) and Kevin Rodgers, «Cynthia Girard», ART PAPERS, September / October 2012, p.56. It is also mentioned in the portefolio "Ideals of Painting" by Anne-Marie Ninacs (esse arts + opinions, no. 76, fall 2012, p. 71) and in Vie des arts's webzine by Hélène Brunet Neumann, Trafic de sens et d'éclats (Vie des arts, webzine, June 1 2012.





A painter and a poet, Cynthia Girard was born in Montreal and holds an MFA from Goldsmiths College, University of London (1998). She produced and exhibited “Pavillon du Québec” (2001-2003), a well-received series of paintings revisiting figuration. In London and Berlin—international residencies from the Canada Council for the Arts (Space, London, 2005-6) and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, 2008-9)—she furthered a pluridisciplinary practice of unbridled imagination that draws on art history, encyclopaedias, and literature. Her paintings, installations, and performances have been shown in many exhibitions throughout Québec, North America, and Europe. She lives and works in Montréal.