Elise Boudreau Graham is an interdisciplinary artist who works with installation, soft sculpture, printed matter, and object collection. She is based in Montréal QC. Her practice explores the politics of interpersonal relationships, private versus public spaces, and the navigation of feminine bodies through these spheres; in particular the performance of gendered labour.
She is drawn to the amateurish一children’s craft kits, DIY home decor, zines, YouTube tutorials, handiwork blogs一as ways of making that challenge perceptions of productivity, and strategically uses repetition as a way of making time to critically engage with her content. She is interested in how the cyclical lifestyle of labouring > exhaustion > self care is commodified and sold to feminine people.
Recent projects include a solo exhibition of protest banners and the collection of submissions for The Other Third Wave, a publication of critical writing and visual projects about the coffee service industry. In the studio Elise is currently learning some new craft techniques such as chainmail and net-making, and reading about the ideology of well-being on the internet. Elise studied at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (BFA, Interdisciplinary Major). Her work has been exhibited and featured in publications across Canada and the United States.
You can find a recent interview between Elise and L'Association des artistes-entrepreneurs de Montréal about her practice here.