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Agnès Riverin

Agnès Riverin

Born Chicoutimi (Quebec, Canada), 1958

In addition to participating in many solo and group exhibitions, Riverin has completed several major site-specific public art installations. Riverin’s work can be found in many important public and private art collections, including Loto-Québec, La Laurentienne, La Bibliothèque National du Canada, La Bibliothèque Nationale du Québec et la Bibliothèque de l’Université Laval. Three anthologies of Riverin’s poetry have been published: Une île près de l’oeil by Planète rebelle in 2009; Ce tremblement singulier by Éditions du Noroît in 2007 ; and Une traversée à l’estime by Écrits des Forges in 2000. Riverin’s poetry follows the tradition of Artist’s Books and is also visually or spiritually present in her paintings and sculptures.

Riverin’s paintings and bas-relief works explore the ephemeral, the fleeting colours and shapes of the natural world. Whatever the desired means of expression, whether figure or ocean, the works are rendered by accumulation and subtraction – the building up and the taking away of the material – like the ebb and flow of the waters of the St. Lawrence, where she grew up.

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