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Karilee Fuglem

Performing arts


Karilee Fuglem

Originally fromBritish Columbia, Karilee Fuglem has lived and worked in Montréal since completing an MFA atConcordiaUniversityin 1992. She has exhibited in solo and group shows acrossCanadaand has been the recipient of several artist grants. Her work is in the collections of the National Gallery ofCanada, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, the Cirque du Soleil and others. In 2010, she was finalist for the Prix Louis-Comtois.

Fuglem's art is informed by the subtleties that underscore life in a bilingual city and is itself often subtle, made of very fine monofilament, or with familiar materials made extraordinary. She is represented by the Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain gallery.

Proposed approach and type of activities

Back when I was a painting and drawing student, I wanted to incorporate real space into my work, which eventually led to me making installations. I want them to be experienced in person, and I work on site as often as possible. My installations often use everyday materials such as scotch tape, plastic bags, fishing line, or bottles—materials which are liberating to work with, not only because I don't have to worry about them, but also because they are more freely approached by regular gallery-goers as well as people who may not be as familiar with art settings. The installations sometimes incorporate masses of material, or are nearly invisible, or have transparent parts which move with any air current, reflecting light.

Other examples of activities

Workshop 1

The teacher or I show the students a few images of Québec artists working with everyday objects to give a broader context. I then present a 15-minute introduction to my installation work, specifically those using masses of material like packing tape or small plastic bags which have been treated in ways I can easily explain. The students are encouraged to ask questions. Afterwards, working in small groups for 20–30 minutes, students take some of the materials available and think up ways something can be massed together to create an installation. The class selects one of the ideas, and students work together in a subsequent class to make the installation. For instance, they might decide to cut plastic garbage bags into strips and create a kind of hanging forest. In the week (normally) between suggesting the project and making it, the teacher and I will figure out what, if any, additional materials will be necessary and bring them to the second session. The activity could go on for two or three classes, depending on time availability. It is especially interesting to note that students who feel they're "not good at art" tend to respond positively to this project.

Special conditions

I will contact the teacher in advance to find out what recyclable materials are already available, and decide in concert with the teacher what materials will be suitable and how to go about attaining them (e.g., water bottles, clean plastic packaging, rolls of tape and fishing line).

For information

Phone : 514 989-9745
Other phone : 514 246-0787
Email :

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