Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Printmaking in Montréal: An interview with Emmanuelle Jacques

As part of the Gravure Montréal facebook page I ask print media artists to provide some insight into their work and explore the impact that printmaking has had on their creative process. Here is the latest interview with Emmanuelle Jacques who is currently working on her project Création de richesse / Labour of Love at L'imprimerie centre d'artistes. As part of the project she has a call for participation, so make sure you check it out!

AJM: How do you like to explain yourself as an artist?

EJ: I'm not sure I understand the question. LOL

AJM: This interview series is primarily focused on print media artists linked to Montreal. What is your favourite thing about living in Montreal? Any preferred spots or memories?

EJ: My first professional experience as an artist, in 2006, was a residency at Atelier Graff, a printmaking studio established in the Plateau-Mont-Royal since 1966. I was so excited: I was going to work in the same place as Julie Doucet and Dominique Pétrin! I kept working there after my residency and over the years I met so many artists (including you, Anna!) who became dear collegues and friends and a huge source of inspiration in my professional life. Recently, Atelier Graff merged with Le Cabinet, an artist-run center dedicated to photography, and moved in Hochelaga to form L'imprimerie, centre d'artistes. As co-president of the board, I am very proud to be part of what L'imprimerie has become. It's almost like a second family for me.

Another place I am very fond of is Arprim, centre d'essai en art imprimé, an artist-run gallery dedicated to print-related contemporary art. I was also involved on the board for several years. If you want to see cutting edge print media art in Montreal, it's the place to go!



AJM:Whose work or what inspires you ? Does your inspiration come from life, art, music, literature? Any favourite writers, films, artworks? Who are your influences and where do you think you fit in with the timeline of artists. Whose work do you feel you are following and continuing the same line of inquiry as?