“Cubicles Of Time Backflip Beyond Peppermint Enigmas Before Pungent Topiaries Portray Dreaming Mirages Into Intervals Of Brazilian Inquiries Of Elsewhere Orange”
Jillian never wanted to make another mistake for the rest of her life. If only she could spend an unlimited amount of time reading about an unfathomable variety of subjects, she would have enough knowledge to deal with every future uncertainty. And so she devised a plan. First she sat behind a library and rescued books from the recycle bin. Jillian worried about all of the information getting lost in the dawn of the digital era. What information would be left un-scanned and lost forever? She would have to read it. She collected boxes and boxes of encyclopedias that were being discarded as analog relics. Then she set about reading them. But even reading all day, there was just too much information to process.
Narrative drives Melanie Perreault’s immersive and site-specific installations in which the artist performs her characters in their natural environments. Her artwork represents an attempt to save and savor both the tangible and intangible. She wonders about the human mind’s ability to organize and file everything. Can things be misfiled in our brains – completely mixed up – like the curious bytes of information littering her installation’s walls? She often dreams about some form of utopian filing system, somewhere to keep everything she ever enjoyed experiencing: a pungent quayside odor; vibrant lime images of Japanese moss; the texture of polished wood on bare feet…
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About the Artist
Melanie Perreault was raised in Kamloops British Columbia and spent the majority of kindergarten staring at the brilliant cherry-red classroom door. She would run her fingertips over the glossy paint and pretend she was absorbing its color. She would carry the crimson with her, touch it to other surfaces, and, in her imagination, color other objects. She still does this sometimes. Her teenage years were spent painting and imagining how institutional spaces would look if filled with popcorn. Her college years were spent precariously hanging artworks from fifteen-foot ceilings. In her spare time she hikes, reads, travels and re-organizes the drawer containing her bobby pins. She currently resides in Montreal Quebec.