Louise Tremblay combines art and mental health

Demystifying mental health through art is the challenge that Louise Tremblay has set herself in the framework of an exhibition organized by l’Envolée and presented from April 30 to May 8.

The project began more than a year ago for which it claims to work in “Stepswe go “. Initially, Louise Tremblay wanted organize a fundraiser for the organization that works in mental health in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, where she is also a worker. She then submitted some sketches inspired by her own mental health issues to Nancy Ponton, director of l’Envolée. She has the idea of ​​repeating the process, but with members of the organization.

collaborative works

This led Louise Tremblay to meet eight members with whom she trades about his mental health problems and his personal life.

These dialogues allowed to build various collaborative works. In particular, the artist asked the members to choose, among the images that she showed them, some to set aside and reuse later. All this amalgamation of perceptions, feelings and insdyes has made it possible to create canvases that stand out in images the words of the participants.

In total, nearly forty paintings will be exhibited from April 30 to May 8 at the Villa des Arts Liliane Bruneau.

Artistic performances, testimonials and a musical atmosphere will also be present to guarantee continuous pleasure throughout the week.

WHEN: From Saturday, April 30 to Sunday, May 8, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE: At the Villa des Arts Liliane Bruneau, 27 rue Saint-Louis, Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts

make it something beautiful

Louise Tremblay still shows a lot of reticence and ignorance when it comes to mental health issues. It’s still hard, she says, to conceive of depression, for example, as part of it. It is still taboo in many workplaces. The artist observes a lot of pain and a constant struggle in people who struggle with these types of problems, of which most are not aware.

“Art is also a way to make something beautiful out of it. It’s not only heavy or ugly, it can also be very beautiful.”adds Louise Tremblay. The artistic process was also liberating for both the artist and the members who participated in it. “Some had never said what they were going through, and when they did they realized that it was not so bad. For others, it also allowed them to make peace with part of their past.he cites Louise Tremblay as an example.

This is also the first time that someone who has lived in the Laurentians for 21 years has proposed a project with a social vocation. This is the first time that one of his exhibitions has been “searching for the emotional” public.

The paintings presented are also very varied in terms of techniques; the artist sometimes uses pencil, watercolor or even collage to do justice to the testimonies and insights gathered from the participants.

About L’Envolee RASM

L’Envolée RASM is an alternative mental health resource that offers a warm and welcoming place where it is possible to be yourself, to be accompanied by people who have gone through the same challenges and fears, to flourish individually, but also to evolve as a group. .

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