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Suzanne Joly

Suzanne Joly lives in the region of Lanaudière, situated north of Montreal. She has been making performances since 1989, and was involved for many years with the artist-run centre Ateliers convertibles. Her practice is concerned with questions of relationship to place and community, using the suburban territory and its particularities as raw material. Her work evolved from an early interest in visual prostheses made from recycled materials and everyday objects to a sustained focus on the use of sound. Recently the phenomenon of urban sprawl and its impact on the soundscape of lake areas has been of particular concern. In 2006, her performance Ça monte du marais (It rises from the swamp), presented after a spring spent gathering the sounds of marsh frogs, was presented at the Musée d’art de Joliette.

While the spirit of my early sound work related to the artistic current of sound poetry, my attention shifted to the 'value added' to presence by resonances.... It is not a question of standing before the landscape, but rather, of being within it, to learn from listening and to find an 'agreement.'

~Suzanne Joly

List of Works