The mere mention of a secondhand shop creates a sparkle in Nathalie Trépanier’s eyes. As a child, Nathalie would rummage through flea markets with her grandmother and this habit has never left her: “In a secondhand shop, I feel as if I’m in Wonderland! I buy all kinds of objects, many of them completely outdated, forgotten or abandoned knick-knacks because everything changes too fast.”
Her workshop is jam-packed with “rescued” objects. She follows a weeks-long slow paced and meticulous creative process. She quietly questions scrutinizes and transforms the item itself. She assembles an impressive number of found objects to create surprising and likable characters. She likes the idea of giving a second life to abandoned objects. Her boundless and unbridled creativity has given birth to over thirty sculptures, and still counting. A sense of humour, ingenuity, and theatricality are always in the mix.
Lately, Nathalie’s creations have taken a new turn. She has focused on the many non-biodegradable objects and materials that are part of our everyday life. She is appalled by the negative impact they have on the health of our planet. So, in an effort to demonstrate and denounce our overconsumption of disposables, these materials are now increasingly present in her sculptures.
In the course of the past ten years, Nathalie’s works have been showcased in many solo or collective exhibits in various Québec art galleries.
Theatre is another one of her passions. Nathalie frequently collaborates to the stage design of numerous theatrical productions in Québec.