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Lise Beaudry

Curator's Commentary

A Franco-Ontarian artist from the northern town of Earlton who now resides in Toronto, Lise Beaudry maintains a close connection to her community of origin through her photographic work. Adventurous in spirit, she regularly returns to the region, camera in hand, to explore her natural surroundings. Her series La pêche blanche (2009), inspired by her memories of a childhood spent camping, fishing and travelling with her family, depicts ice huts – that is, modest portable shelters placed on frozen lakes to protect fishers from the cold – in a delightfully odd array of colours, shapes and sizes. While recreational fishing is typically considered a solitary activity with its associated tropes of peace, tranquillity and communion with nature, ice-fishing in Ontario is often a social activity. Here, in the most popular fishing spots, family and community members gather on the ice in a cluster of huts that come to resemble miniature versions of their permanent settlements. Beaudry taps into this social dynamic to convey the quirky beauty of this leisure activity.

Biography

Lise Beaudry is a Franco-Ontarian artist originally from Earlton, a rural community near the Ontario/Québec border. She holds a BFA from Concordia University (1997) and an MFA from York University (2006). Her photographic and video work has been presented across Canada and internationally, including Les Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie, Arles (1997), Grunt Gallery, Vancouver (1999) A Space, Toronto (2000), Biennial of Young Artists, Romania (2004), Gallery 44, Toronto (2006), Ice Follies, North Bay (2006), AXENÉO7, Gatineau (2010), Art Gallery of Hamilton (2011) and Art Gallery of Mississauga (2012). Now residing in Toronto, she is a professor in the Art and Art History program at Sheridan College and the University of Toronto in Mississauga.