Minto – Large display case, (187 Lyon St. entrance location):
Christine Blais is showcasing ten encaustic works in this solo exhibition entitled Digital Decay. The works will be on display from January 11 to March 15, 2017.
The images in these works aim to demonstrate the self as deconstructed and fragmented by technology. By using digital photography, I accentuate the role of technology in the breakdown that occurs when our focus is placed on observing other people’s lives through social media, instead of experiencing our current reality. Our sense of self is lost in the limitless pool of Facebook newsfeeds and Instagram timelines. We may even begin to evaluate ourselves through these virtual experiences and relationships. Under normal circumstances, the development of the sense of self is a process whereby an individual separates themselves out from the matrix of others in order to become their own person. However, with the pervasive presence of social media via tools such as iPhones, which are essentially sewed to our hands at all times, this virtual reality actually takes up most of our mental space. This in turn leaves very little room for our own sense of self to exist.
Christine Blais is a multidisciplinary artist based in the Ottawa-Gatineau region. She is currently enrolled in the Portfolio Certificate Program at the Ottawa School of Art and has been the recipient of the Lee Matasi Award. She holds a Masters of Arts in Film Studies from Carleton University (2013). Throughout her undergraduate education at Queen’s University, she was actively involved in photojournalism holding the position of Assistant Photo Editor and Photo editor at the Queen’s University Journal. She was published in the Globe and Mail (2009) and completed internships at the Kingston Whig-Standard (2010), IFCO (Independent Filmmakers Cooperative of Ottawa) and at La Petite Mort Gallery (2013). Her background in photography and her affinity for sketching have played fundamental roles in shaping her vision with the encaustic medium.