A graduate from the Conservatoire d’art dramatique de Montréal, Nathalie Trépanier worked as an actor for a few years and then as a scenographer in the Montréal theatre world. She now devotes herself to the sculpture and design of utilitarian objects. Her work has been featured in several solo and collective shows both in Montérégie and in Montréal.
“I hunt for treasures, whether they be on a beach in Gaspésie or hidden in an industrial scrap yard, I am always on the lookout. And when I choose to pick up an object, I immediately start toamuse myself by imagining how it can fit into my creative process.”
The artist questions rampant consumerism and is scandalized by what is carelessly throwninto the garbage everyday. She seeks to give a second life to all of these abandoned objects by creating characters made entirely from what she collects here and there. Door knobs, bicycle wheels, teapots, hooks, ski bindings, utensils, telephones, lamps, there is no end to the surprises those who take the time to examine her work will find! Even after hours of observation, each sculpture continues to amaze and surprise its admirer. The many objects must be discovered one by one and often bring back memories of all sorts. Her genius in assembling her chosen objects is impressive. And what can be said about the characters, each one more endearing than the last. It is hard not to smile when presented with Nathalie Trépanier’s work!