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DIANA BOULAY - Statement 

While aiming to promote the awareness of a serious ecological problem, I have been using society's non biodegradable plastic cast-offs for over four decades now.

I wash and store them by color. When a color imposes itself, I go to work listening to what it has to tell me, and show you what it said through descriptive scenarios of such themes as unity, animal rights, acid rain, threat of nuclear devastation, psychology, history, etc.

I use acrylic boxes to display these interpretations which can also be installations. I do not paint the objects as I prefer playing with the natural hues and gradations of a colour and each one suggests a world of it's own. 

I do not use glue; it is a greater challenge for me to chance upon meaningful juxtapositions of the objects, as though they were predestined to interlock. (sometimes using plastic covered wire to permanently secure the objects).

Diana Boulay

BORN
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

EDUCATION
- University of Quebec at Montreal (B.F.A.), ’81
- The Montreal Museum School of Art and Design, ’74 -‘75

AWARDS AND HONOURS
- Public choice award, honourable mention "Recycl'Art", '09
- Members choice award, honourable mention "Renaissance", '09
- Jury's choice award, honorable mention "Recycl'Art", '09
- Jury's choice award, honorable mention "Recycl'Art", '08
- Project Grant from Canada Council, March '87
- First Prize, Annual Exhibition of the Quebec Sculpture Council,
  Montreal ' 84 (Quebec Ministry of Cultural Affairs)
- Finalist at the E.T. Greenshields Foundation's Exhibition, U.Q.A.M. Gallery, Montreal, ' 81

COLLECTIONS
- Prêt d'oeuvre, Quebec Ministry of Cultural Affairs.
- Several private collections.

ARTICLES
Art in America, janv. '88 – The Gazette, '88 – The Gazette, '84 – La Presse – The Chronicle – Cahier des Arts Visuels – Etc. Montréal – Cambridge Times – Le Soleil de Québec – Vie des Arts – Le Régional de Rigaud – The Kitchener/Waterloo Record – The Danville Register- Museum Message – Le Courrier – Inf. Mun. de Gatineau - The Montreal Daily News – Gallery Women's Art, Vancouver, hiver '89 – University of Dayton Flyer '92 – Dayton Daily news, '92 – Westmount Examiner '92 – The Edmonton Journal '96 – Vue Magazine '96 – Minot Daily News 1998 – Minot State Univ. "Red & Green" '98 – The Herald, Williston Nth. Dakota '99 – Le Progrès Watchman, Lachute '04 – Le Devoir, "Arts et culture", '04 – Main Street, Laurentides, '04 – Le Droit, Ott.-Gatineau, "À voir" Juillet '05 - Espace, hiver '05 – Espace, automne '08  – 
La Agenda, Fuerteventura '08 – La Provincia/Diario de Las Palmas '08 – Periodico Canarias '08  –  Diana Boulay et les vanités, Jean-Claude Gavard-Perret, Savoie, France - Arts-Up - Virtual Art Gallery '09

CATALOGUES
"Dans dix ans l'an 2000" - Le code d'éthique des sculpteurs '90 – "De l'Unité aux Multiples" – Gallery Woman's Art, '89 – Le Répertoire des sculpteurs – "Femmes de Parole et Écologie," A.F.D.U.,–Jeux d'Espace '86 – Confrontation '85 – Confrontation '84 – Confrontation '83 – Art actuel au Québec, Guy Robert – Festival Interculturel de la peinture et de la sculpture – Ten years, Ten Works, Canadian Artists Society, Toronto –Le Pluralisme dans l'Art, Guy Robert – La Sculpture et le vent, Femmes sculpteures au Québec, Serge Fisette.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
- Resource person "Arts-Tifice" Brownsburg-Chatham '05
- Resource person for 1%, Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Quebec, ' 87 - ' 88
- Lecture, Technical Procedures, John Abbott College.
- Lecture, Technical Procedures, University of Dayton, Ohio.

TEACHING AND ANIMATION
1988: Technical Procedures teacher, Balwin-Cartier School Board, Montreal.
1982-1983: sculpture teacher, St-Léonard.
1975-1980: Yoga teacher, Colette Maher Studio, Montreal.

ASSOCIATIONS
- Member of the Quebec Sculpture Council.
- Women's Art Registry, Vancouver
- Member of the International Sculpture Center and Sculpture Source.
- Member of the Arts as a Healing Force Organisation.
- Conseil de la Culture des Laurentides, Québec.
- RAAV Regroupement d'Artistes en Arts Visuels

AUDIO VISUAL DOCUMENTARY
- Educational slide-documentary by Jocelyn Philibert.
- Works featured in the movie "Peanut Butter Solution".
- L'Image de l'Art Plus, secondaire, Les Éditions Beauchemin, Laval.
- Artexte, Montreal.
 


Everything that attracts the eye, affects the senses in some way: Depending on it's appearance, color, shape or use. To look at an object from all it's angles is to study form.

Through the discovery of the objects, the choice of colors, the manipulations of these objects, my sculptures symbolically illustrate such themes as: Ecology, Psychology, Sociology, even History.

In all, a pedagogical objective: To make the general public aware of the magic in forms and colors of discarded objects that are a part of our lives.

 

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