Molly Bertheaud
elle/she/her
Montréal
Canada
courtesy of the artist
100 Saint-Antoine West

Jours de présence
/ Days of presence

Artistic residency completed in fall 2022

Visual arts

Biography

Molly Bertheaud (b.1997) is a Canadian artist, based in Montreal, who melds the archaic forms of painting and tapestry, with contemporary techniques to tell modern mythologies. Her phantasmagoric scenes translate paper and paint to thread and yarn, using craft techniques and new technology to create tapestries that reference science fiction/myth, ecology, mortality and femininity. She learned the craft of industrial knitting machines from a knitter.

Approach and works on display

There is beauty and absurdity in wombs as the machines for life, full of the visceral fragility that comes from loving and creation. The carnivalesque compositions in Molly Bertheaud’s paintings and tapestries explore scenes of a bird women/other hybrid creatures in “nature” spaces; a world of threatened nests, mothering birds, and unknown arrows. Her phantasmagoric scenes translate paper and paint to thread and yarn, using craft techniques and new technology to create tapestries that reference science fiction/myth, ecology, mortality and femininity. She learned the craft of industrial knitting machines from a knitter.

Works by the artist

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