Annie Descôteaux was born in Quebec City and lives and works in Montreal. Her work can be found in several private collections. Annie Descôteaux is a collage artist, cutting her compositions out of coloured cardboard with scissors. The découpage method, borrowed from our childhood art classes, along with the chromatic extravagance of her works, leads the viewer to see them as somewhat naive. An examination of the details of the work quickly dispels this impression as the absurdity and grotesqueness of the scenes become clear. With their artfully contrived simplicity, Descôteaux’ collages recount her troubled relations with food and her frustration with the sumptuous overabundance displayed by some people while her own table is frugally appointed. Subtly, she denounces the great paradoxes of Western society.
For ORANGE, she presents an ensemble of collages which denounce gluttony, overconsumption and affective disorders, including a new series of eight scènes de table, accompanied by a booklet and website designed in collaboration with Daniel Canty and Baptiste Alchourroun. The entire presentation, entitled Ad nauseam – to the point of nausea – unfolds like a great decadent celebration.
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