The way of the cross, Johanne Bilodeau

Le chemin de croix de Johanne Bilodeau

The death of a close relative who wanted his ashes to be scattered in the Saguenay fjord inspired the artist Johanne Bilodeau, whose paternal family has roots in Arvida, an exhibition of fifteen paintings presented to the Library of Chicoutimi.

This close, it is the godfather of Johanne Bilodeau, Germain. Passed away three years ago, the man had expressed the desire that the remains of his body together with the vastness of the Saguenay. There is a exhibition consists of 15 paintings, entitled The Invisible crossing, which recalls the stations of the cross.

“I did not dare to ask him why he wanted it before he dies. We proceeded to the ritual after his death. His ashes were spread in the mouth of the fjord,” says Ms. Bilodeau at the end of the wire. The creation of this project has been a way to close the loop, to collect on the will of this man who was still attached to the neighborhood of Arvida, where he was born, and try to find answers.

The fifteen paintings shows a slice of life of the Bilodeau family and is associated with an aspect of the Saguenay. It addresses the issue of “protection of the ecological integrity of the fjord, seen as the cradle of the individual and collective history”.

A canvas like Arvida, the city’s cradle, demonstrates the spill of red sludge that had taken place in the Saguenay region in 2007. The set, meanwhile, tells a story that begins with birth and ends with death.

Le chemin de croix de Johanne Bilodeau

Arvida, the city’s cradle, demonstrates the spill of red sludge that had taken place in the Saguenay region in 2007. The final result of the whole set of works inspired by the introspection, the contemplation, in a style reminiscent of the stained glass windows of a church in pastel hues.

PROGRESS, ROCKET LAVOIE

Way of the cross

The end result inspires the introspection, the contemplation, in a style reminiscent of the stained glass windows of a church in pastel hues. The Invisible crossing is a way of the cross for the 21st century.

“My uncle was the baby-boomer generation, to which the catholic religion was a bit more important. The result gives to reflect on life and death,” explains the artist, who now lives in the montreal area.

The works on display from the 15th of November last were immediately well received by the public of Chicoutimi. The artist has been able to receive early feedback so that it clung to his paintings in the library.

Integrity

The Invisible crossing falls at the point where major industrial projects are taking place in the fjord, and where an agency was established to protect the integrity of its appeal. This perfect synchronism has not been provided by Johanne Bilodeau, but the painter is happy to provoke a debate on the subject.

“Like a lot of people in the Saguenay, my godfather loved to tell stories. He would be pleased to see that the result of the scattering of his ashes is going beyond simple gestures, he touches people and that it creates reflections on the environment,” says Ms. Bilodeau.

Le chemin de croix de Johanne Bilodeau

The fifteen paintings shows a slice of life of the Bilodeau family and is associated with an aspect of the Saguenay. They address the issue of ” protection of the ecological integrity of the fjord, seen as the cradle of the individual and collective history “.

PROGRESS, ROCKET LAVOIE

The exhibition, which began on 20 November last, and continues until January 13, 2019 to the Library of Chicoutimi.

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