Simone Rochon

The strange forms that float through the collages of Montreal-based Simone Rochon are at once uncanny and seductive. Although they suggest architectural materials, or tools of museum display like plinths or vitrines, the forms remain ambiguous, especially since the featureless backgrounds on which they are placed provide absolutely no context. In her Satellites and Stèle series (both 2013) the forms assert themselves through a beguiling combination of textures reminiscent of lightly polished marble and granite. Because of these visual associations, the collages have heft despite their small size, and yet the arrangements give them a sense of weightless. Recurring motifs of black slabs (which remind one of the monolith in 2001: A Space Odyssey) and dowel-like forms dance rhythmically across the paper in the Satellites, while the Stèle forms seem to hold secrets, but remain as unknowable and mute as the stones they are named after.

Simone Rochon received her MFA from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) in 2012. She has shown frequently in Montreal, including group shows at the Museum of Fine Arts of Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Parisian Laundry and Galerie Les Territoires. Her work can be found in the collections of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (Quebec City), the Loto-Québec Collection (Montreal), and the Bibliothèque et archives nationales du Québec. She is represented by Galerie Nicolas Robert in Montreal.