Habitations is opening May 19 at 7 pm at 180 Projects at 180 Gore Street featuring the works of Maria Chilelli, Jacky Dupuis, Katie Huckson and Isabelle Michaud. Habitations will run from May 19-June 17. All are welcome to attend. The show will be available for viewing Monday-Friday 12-3 p.m. and Saturdays 1-3 p.m. and by appointment.
Habitations explores the relationship we have with interiors and exteriors. As extensions of landscapes the spaces we inhabit carry meaning and become the stages where stories emerge, repeat themselves, or simply fade. The paintings, drawings, textile, prints and video work of Maria Chilelli, Jacky Dupuis, Isabelle Michaud and Katie Huckson in Habitations convey this complex relationship we have with our living spaces.
Using discarded paper as her base material, Jacky Dupuis’ mixed-media collages are thematically tied to the idea of domesticity and explore the stories that are embedded in walls.
Maria Chilelli used hundreds of solitary socks to knit her gargantuan sock blanket. Chilelli’s approach was to leave the blanket unfinished, signifying a continuous process.
Katie Huckson approaches habitations with reflections on home, the land she was raised on and its colonial/patriarchal sociocultural infrastructure. Her work involves digital prints sourced from unwanted library book images and video.
Inspired by dreaming, Isabelle Michaud’s painted wood cutouts translate ideas related to domesticity and technology.
A recent graduate of Algoma University’s Visual Arts program, Maria Chilelli works and lives in Sault Ste. Marie. She has been accepted to the commerce program at uOttawa in September.
Dupuis is originally from Windsor, Ontario. She has been working on this mixed media series for the last two years. Dupuis has lived in Sault Ste. Marie for 10 years with her husband Paul and daughter Gloria.
Katie Huckson completed her MFA at the University of Windsor in 2017, and her BFA from Algoma University in 2014. She has participated in artist residencies in Colorado, and Hue, Vietnam and has exhibited her work nationally and abroad.
Isabelle Michaud recently graduated from Algoma University’s Visual Arts Program. Her work involves painting and community related projects. Originally from Cap-Rouge, Québec, Michaud lives with her husband David Brodbeck and son Jonathan in Sault Ste. Marie.