Maxilie Martel-Racicot is a young multidisciplinary artist born in Montreal in 1989. She graduated from Cégep Édouard Montpetit in visual arts. She then continued her studies in media and visual arts at UQAM to better her techniques, reflections and approach. She appreciates performance, molding and sculpture classes. She finished her bachelor degree in 2012.
Near the end of her studies, Maxilie found interest in the world of street art and graffiti that she finds more free and intuitive. She will get into it for four years before undertaking a master’s degree in sculpture in 2016 at Concordia University.
She practices street art, paint, sculpture, installation and performance art. With her sculptures, she mostly represents grotesque imagery dedicated to the representation of a “superwoman”. The idea of a valuable object made with poor but sparkling material is one of the artistic directions of her work. As for her street art, she applies her vision of the individual in the occidental society in a caricature way. Represented as a group or individually, she puts forth working characters. They mostly seem in distress, unlikable and wear single eyebrows. Those characters come in the form of stiff businessmen, monsters or robots.
In accordance with the building owner’s demand and the artist’s style, this mural represents a selection of costumed urban animals. Subtly, it suggests the city’s multicultural diversity, like a family portrait.