Presentation of the artworkThe untitled work is composed of the main entrance door, the two light fixtures on the sides of the entrance, and the canopy above the door at the Maison de la culture de Notre-Dame-de-Grâce.
These moulded-aluminum elements are integrated with the architecture and contrast strongly with the neo-Renaissance vocabulary of architect Théodore Daoust.
The doors present bas-reliefs in abstract and symmetrical forms and are punctuated with four small windows, two of them transparent and two turquoise. The canopy and light fixtures reprise the motifs and surface treatment of the doors.
Associated eventsSylvie Rochette’s work was installed during refurbishment of the Maison de la culture de Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, in 1984, in the context of the Quebec government’s Politique d’intégration des arts et à l’architecture et à l’environnement des bâtiments et des sites gouvernementaux et publics. This cultural centre is situated in a former police station built in 1910.
Sylvie Rochette received training in metal casting at the Jean-Paul Garneau art foundry in Saint-Étienne, Québec, in the 1970s. She continued her education with a certificate in sculpture (1983) and a major in sculpture (1990), and completed a BA in art history (2005). In 1990, in collaboration with Ninon Gauthier and Luc Larochelle, she wrote Code d’éthique des sculpteurs, followed by Guide pratique des relations entre sculpteurs et consommateurs. Rochette currently lives in Victoria, British Columbia, where she works as an artist and art career management consultant.