• Lac Cole Artist Residency

Mushrooms around Lac Cole are plentiful and diverse. It’s interesting to learn about the variations and to stay safe.

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  • Lac Cole Artist Residency

Updated: Aug 13, 2020

Willem is a philosophy student at the University of Ottawa where he focuses on ethics, politics, and aesthetics. Outside of philosophy, he has focused on graphic design, illustration, and sculpture. His sculptural work has focused on human interaction, communication, and the speculation of ecologically utopia futures which have been featured at Art Engine in the OAG in Ottawa, Ontario.

Willem's currently interested in the limits of reason and what harmonious natural ecosystems can show us about the human political atmosphere. Recent works are comprised of collaged material that follows and contradicts a sense of uniformity. This is done through pattern and strict lines, and contrasting with a feeling of randomness and playfulness. This playfulness is further explored through his mixed-media drawings where he explores what could be the subconscious and a lack of reason.

These methods will come together to allow him to explore a topic of anxiety and political strife. Historically, the political system has been driven by passion, rhetoric, and persuasion. The ideal of progress should follow a sense of truth that humanity can understand and stand behind without an inauthentic approach. Contrasting this process of progress, nature's botanical ecosystems follow their innate needs of water, light, and persisting through time. This allows a fine balance within the system. How can we learn from these ecosystems to better understand our own political systems?

Willem Deisigner working at The Shack, Lac Cole, August 2020.

Untitled, Conte and graphite on paper, 7" x 4"

Untitled, Conte and graphite on paper, 7" x 4"

STEAM 2020

Untitled, collage, 11" x 8.5", paper and graphite.

Untitled, collage, 11" x 8.5", paper and graphite.

Work in progress at The Shack, Lac Cole.

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  • Lac Cole Artist Residency

Updated: Aug 8, 2020

Croissance, 2019, 90 x 64, Dessin, graphite et pastel sec sur papier.

We are pleased to announce that Montreal based artist Hélène Lord will be the next artist in residence at Lac Cole.

"Un changement d’environnement même de courte durée peut être stimulant et inspirant, particulièrement dans ce lieu paisible et accueillant. Mon projet se résume à contempler, être attentive à la beauté de la nature qui se transforme constamment au fil des heures et des jours. Me baigner, marcher, observer, découvrir, dessiner occupera mon temps et sera la source de mes joies quotidiennes dont l’objectif est de retrouver la magie de la couleur dans mes dessins."

"Even a short change of environment can be stimulating and inspiring, especially in this peaceful and welcoming place. My project comes down to contemplating: being attentive to the beauty of nature which constantly changes over hours and days. Swimming, walking, observing, discovering, drawing will occupy my time and will be the source of my daily joys, the objective of which is to rediscover the enchantment of color in my drawings."

- Hélène Lord

Hélène holds a master's degree in visual art from the Université du Québec à Montréal. Her work has been shown in many individual and collective exhibitions in Québec, Canada, Brazil, France and Spain. She has completed several residencies, notably at the Centre Sagamie, at Est-Nord-Est, at Atelier Graff in Québec, at the Banff Centre in Alberta (Canada), as well as in Belém (Brazil) as part of a programme supported by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec entitled Québec-Brazil Artists and Workshops Exchanges, the Studio du Québec in London UK.

Hélène Lord vit et travaille à Montréal. Elle détient une maîtrise en arts plastiques de l’Université du Québec à Montréal. Elle a présenté son travail dans de nombreuses expositions individuelles et collectives au Québec, au Canada, au Brésil et en Europe. Son travail l’a amenée à faire plusieurs résidences d’artistes notamment au Centre EST-NORD-EST à Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, le Banff Centre en Alberta, à Belém au Brésil et le studio du Québec à Londres. Ses œuvres font partie de collections publiques et privées.


Hélène Lord's work created at Lac Cole Artist Residency

Souche I (Empreinte), 2017-2018, 183 cm x 198 cm. Dessin-assemblage. Frottis de graphite sur papier japonais. (2 feuilles de papier jointes de 183 cm x 99 cm, 1 feuille de 150 cm x 70 cm ).

Détail (Ce frottis apparaît à la jonction des deux feuilles assemblées) et photographie (dimensions à déterminer).

Rumeurs forestières, 2020, 90 cm x 185 cm. Dessin-assemblage, graphite, fusain et pastel sec

(3 fragments : 90 cm x 49 cm, 90 cm x 72 cm et 90 cm x 64 cm) et deux détails. Photo d’atelier.

Empreintes sylvestres I et II, 2020, 90 cm x 64 cm

Dessin, graphite sur papier. 90 cm x 64 cm

Arbre à la fenêtre, 2017-2018, 228 cm x 76 cm Dessin-assemblage, aquarelle sur papier et détail, (18 fragments de 38 cm x 25cm).

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