Marie-Soleil Provençal's work addresses the relationships that humans have with their surroundings, how they perceive them, and what the threshold between what is defined as “human” and “non-human” might be. She endeavours to achieve this by considering the physical properties of different materials, and their propensity to project humanity. She uses techniques of moulding or assembling to render complex ideas in their simplest form. Artworks draw into mundane materials such as concrete, hay, wood ashes, and broken furniture.
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Marie-Soleil Provençal is from Québec, Canada. She completed a Major in Fine Arts with Honours in studio practice at Bishop's University in Sherbrooke, Canada. She is currently a Master in Fine Arts candidate for 2021 at NSCAD University in Halifax, Canada. She is interested in the involvement of materials as co-participants in contemporary art practice. Some of her artworks have been chosen by the gallery Art Mûr Montréal for their annual exhibition on most promising artists from Canadian universities from 2017 to 2019. She has been a technician in Fine Arts and an instructor in Visual Arts since 2011. She currently works as an assistant professor in sculpture and research assistant on alternative sustainable materials.