Afterimages: Brie Ruais, Maude Bernier Chabot, Elizabeth Zvonar

Musée d'art de Joliette, Québec, Canada

February 1  - September 6, 2020


They live in Montreal, New York and Vancouver. Through their sculptures, ceramics, and photographs, artists Maude Bernier Chabot, Brie Ruais and Elizabeth Zvonar have developed unique ways to make themselves heard.


How can the female body be re-signified? Should we avoid representation altogether, and instead evoke it through sensation? Use abstraction to escape objectification? The female body is the nexus of a set of forces that endlessly reshape it. Like clay, it retains a memory of touch. Mysterious, sacred, impure, tempting, provocative: it comes wrapped in a tapestry of references and connotations.


It is difficult to free ourselves from certain ideologies. We are so deeply steeped in them that they exert a pernicious influence on our ways of being, doing and thinking. For women, the body remains a site of claims and resistances. Instead of approaching the subject head-on, the three artists invite us to question the assumptions underlying our cultural and ideological references.

March 16, 2023