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.
Set in the Montréal Botanical Garden’s collection of apple trees, a sculpture composed of three vertical volumes of Corten steel and two horizontal blocks of granite that are slightly concave at the top offer a window that opens to the nature surrounding it.
The title, Regarder les pommetiers (Look at the Apple Trees), is a direct invitation to contemplation. Embracing its vocation of mediator between nature and culture, the artwork borrows from architecture to provide a frame through which viewers are encouraged to consider the aesthetic qualities of the surrounding landscape. Like a photographic device, it focuses the gaze and accentuates the value of this environment.
The presence of the artwork also encourages visitors to take a break. The artist has in fact designed the artwork as a stopping place – a space to sit, relax, and observe. “I tried . . . to create a contemporary work that leads us to look at certain points of view more intensely: a welcoming element, offering a moment of rest on a given itinerary, where the gaze is projected and wanders with more intensity and attention to certain chosen views.” 1
1. Jocelyne Alloucherie, project submission, July 2006 (our translation).