With degrees in arts from Université Laval and Concordia University, Jocelyne Alloucherie provokes a perceptible experience of the ephemeral and the immutable through drawing, photography, sculpture, and painting.
Her work is included in major public collections in Canada and abroad. Some of her artworks are also found in the public space, notably at York University in Toronto and Collège Gérald-Godin in Montréal.
Midway between sculpture and architecture, Jocelyne Alloucherie’s artwork is composed of two Corten steel structures with three faces. Each piece presents an opening that acts as a metaphoric frame in the space.
Porte de jour allows the historical past of the site to resurface. Through its form as a rampart, the artwork testifies to the presence, in the eighteenth century, of the Porte de Québec, which defined the border between the old part of the city and its periphery. With its reddish colour reminiscent of rusting metal, the artwork evokes the former functions of the site, from the square adjacent to the Dalhousie train station in the nineteenth century to the shunting yard in the early twentieth century. Like a trace of absences, it reconstructs the memory of the place.
Even given the stillness of the frame and the rigidity of the structure, the viewer’s gaze is invited to move around. The artwork proposes a pathway, an opening, through which it is possible to see differently the park, the tree, and the surrounding housing. As the artist summarizes, Porte de jour “is an open border evoking in various ways the history of the site, but also proposing a perceptible and direct exploration of its present and new qualities.”1
1:Jocelyne Alloucherie, project submission, 2004 (our translation).