Josée Dubeau holds an MFA in visual arts from the Université du Québec à Montréal (1994) and a BFA from the Université du Québec en Outaouais (1989). Her work has been presented in Canada and abroad. She has taken part in a number of art residencies, notably in Basel in 1998 and in Berlin in 2004–05. Her works are in public and private collections in Québec, Ontario, Switzerland, and Germany. She has produced projects integrating arts with architecture in Montreal, Garineau, Val d’or, and other locations.
The first mural created in part 3 of the City of Montréal’s Programme d’art mural, Chorégraphies cartographiques is composed of fifty brass polygons spread over three walls of the building that is home to the École de cirque de Verdun. It can be seen from the parking lot near the building and from the bike path along the river. Each mirror-polished brass plaque is a unique shape, and fifteen of them have a subtle river motif engraved on their surface. Over the years, the brass will be transformed from a reflective shine to a range of warm, matte natural colours.
“In the magic of darkness, the brick walls stand out as a ‘negative space’ that seems to lift the building and make it weightless. Because of these physical and metaphysical qualities, I see these long brick bands as spaces open to infinity; surfaces that may be interpreted in a formal or metaphoric way as if they were a great plane of sky, an interplay of silhouettes, or a graphical division
– Josée Dubeau