Karine Turcot was born in Quebec City and lives and works in Montreal. She studied photography at the Cégep de Matane and holds a master’s degree in visual arts from Université Laval. A multidisciplinary artist, she explores movement and the way that we define the individual and social categories of perception that we attribute to the things around us. Her installation La vie en rose was presented at the Art mûr gallery in 2011; composed of 50 cow and goat skulls covered with a candy-pink pigment that resembled cake icing, it highlighted the malaise of our ultra-intellectualized society when confronted with reality, in the present case that of the animal identity – we might even say that of the dead animal – that are quickly evacuated by our spiffy supermarket shelves and the absence of parts that would make it possible to discern the original creature. For ORANGE 2012, Karine Turcot is presenting a new work, Mère & fille, made up of two mummified cow skulls whose tongues are tied together. The tying together of their tongues illustrates the organic bond of consanguinity and origins, the foster mother and the insidious perversion of the parental bond and of the transmission of origins.
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