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Active artist & visual arts teacher

Catherine Dubois was born in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield in the Montérégie. In 2008, she completed her studies in social sciences at Cégep de Valleyfield. She then pursued her art studies at the Université du Québec à Montréal. She graduated with a certificate in visual arts in 2009 and a bachelor’s degree in visual and media arts (BFA) in 2012. Over the course of her degree, she participated in various student group exhibitions. In 2012, she was part of the graduation exhibition, “Passage à découvert”, held at Galerie de l’UQAM.

That year, Catherine signed up and got selected for the “TRACE” project, whose objective was to recruit artists from the Vallée-du-Haut-Saint-Laurent region. This experience allowed her to do a solo exhibition in the second edition of “Détour-Retour” and to do a project of cultural mediation revealing the rudiments of the practice of moulding. Thanks to this project, she obtained a training in artistic project management and a professionalization grant.

During the summer of 2012, she worked as a stage prop and production assistant for “Just For Laughs Gags”. She also obtained a contract as a painter for White House Down production. These jobs have allowed her to acquire certain skills that have proved beneficial in the continuity of her creations.

In 2011 and 2012, Catherine worked as a substitute teacher in elementary and secondary schools. This is what motivates her to pursue her studies in education. In 2015, she graduated with a second bachelor’s degree in visual and media arts teaching profile. She has been granted her academic tenure in 2018 as a visual arts teacher at Cité-des-Jeunes high school in the Vaudreuil- Soulanges region. With her artistic vision, Catherine approaches each of her students’ projects with enthusiasm. She shares her expertise; sharing being a priceless value, free and precious in her eyes.

Ikigai, center of her inspirations, focuses on the respect of the living and the non-living. It is what truly moves as an artist. The complexity and contemplative nature of her work is eye- catching. Many themes overlap and challenge perceptions. Using art is a way to filter a part of herself through a tiny, personal and intimate opening.

Photo credits: Letarte Photographie