Manif d’art 8: an exhibit by Sarah Maloney and Karine Payette at Materia

From February 18 to March 19, 2017
Sarah Maloney & Karine Payette – Natura Humana
Opening on Saturday, February 18, at 7:15 p.m.

Québec City, Wednesday, February 8, 2017 – As part of Manif d’art 8 – The Québec City Biennial, Materia is presenting installations and sculptures by Sarah Maloney and Karine Payette from February 18 to March 19. The exhibit Natura Humana is included in the programming of The Art of Joy, a series of interconnected exhibits developed by curator Alexia Fabre.

Sarah Maloney is featuring her works Collapse, Tulip & Water Level. Stemming from her researches in botany, history, and women studies, Sarah Maloney’s flowers are presented as archetypical beauty, but also an invitation to reflect on issues such as the environment, the quest for emancipation, and gender stereotypes.

Sarah Maloney holds a bachelor’s degree in arts from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and a master’s degree from the University of Windsor. She has been in numerous individual and collective exhibitions in Canada and abroad. Her works are part of the Nova Scotia Museum of fine art and the New Brunswick Beaverbrook Art Gallery collections, among others. She has received many prizes and grants, from the Canada Council for the Arts, the New Brunswick Arts Board, and the Nova Scotia Arts Agency.

Karine Payette is presenting her works Pavlov and De part et d’autre. By giving animals a human attitude and posture, her works introduce a reflection on social behaviours. Filled with ambiguity and discomfort, they put into perspective the tendency in some individuals to control and manipulate others to dominate them.

Karine Payette has a master’s degree in visual arts from the Université du Québec à Montréal. Her work has been in many individual and collective exhibitions in the province of Québec and in Germany. She has also taken part in twentysomething collective exhibitions, mostly in Canada but also in France. In 2015, Payette has produced two artworks integrated into architecture for Montreal schools. Her works are in many private and public collections, including the one at the Musée d’art contemporain de Baie Saint-Paul. The artist is represented by the galerie Art Mûr (Montreal).

Materia’s exhibition space and boutique (395, Charest Blvd East) are open Wednesday to Sunday, from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Materia, in short
Materia mission is to disseminate and promote research and creation in the field of fine crafts, on a national and an international level. The only Canadian artist-run center in fine crafts of expression, Materia fosters knowledge and recognition of the discipline and its creators, in all of their diversity of practice. The center is committed to showcasing the greatest creators in the field by presenting their work in a professional context. Materia stands out as a unique facility for the exhibition and interpretation of works in contemporary fine crafts. Its high-quality exhibitions speak eloquently of its contribution to the career of fine craftspeople.

Manif d’art 8, in short
One of Canada’s foremost contemporary art biennials, the Manif d’art – The Quebec City Biennial presents the work of some 100 artists from all disciplines. In addition to exhibitions, the event offers an array of activities based on a central theme, distinct for each edition. Since its inception in the fall of 2000, over 30 cultural organizations have helped to make this international festival an absolute must on the arts scene. Its far-reaching program appeals to specialists and novices alike.

Materia wishes to thank the Maison des métiers d’art de Québec, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles, the Ville de Québec and Emploi-Québec.

Artiste Sarah Maloney wishes to thank Arts Nova Scotia for its support.