Alloucherie, Jocelyne

Jocelyne Alloucherie, sculptor (b at Québec City, 1947). She is considered one of the best artists of three-dimensional work and designers of sculptural installations. Her work is exhibited in most Canadian museums and exhibition centres: the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography (1998); the Vancouver Art Gallery (1996); Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal (1995); and she is also well known in Europe for her numerous exhibits there.

Her sculptures are easily recognizable by their voluminous montages of geometric shapes vaguely resembling furniture, to which large photographs that evoke quasi-abstract landscapes are attached. Her modular structures create space that is more concrete or architectural before the immateriality of the photographs, setting up a world of contrasts, and rupturing scale, leading viewers to contemplate the infinitely small and the immensely large. Subtle nuances of tonality and shape provide for the arrangement of indeterminate places both strange and familiar, accessible and inaccessible. For Jocelyne Alloucherie, this is a way of creating a state of mind - an attitude of openness to our own environment. She produced several public installations, including one in front of Notre-Dame Hospital (Montréal) in 1996, and another, in 2000, on the property of Collège Gérald-Godin (Montréal).

Since 1977, she has taught at Laval University (Québec). She won the Governor General's award (visual arts) in the spring of 2000 and the Paul Emile Borduas prize in 2002. She earned a Master of Fine Arts, Concordia University, supervised by Guido Molinari.