Micheline Beauchemin, major figure in visual arts, is best known for her monumental tapestries and theatre curtains, as well as works of embroidery and stained glass, costumes and paintings. After studying at Montréal’s École des Beaux-Arts, she sets her sights on Paris to study at the École des Beaux-Arts and Académie de la Grande Chaumière. Her most famous works include L’Hiver (1962-1963), a piece given to the President of France, Blanc totem (1977), offered to the wife of the Egyptian President, and Sombre carapace ailée (1985), which adorns the Centre industriel et culturel de Paris. Her quest for creative expression pushed the artist to constantly explore her art and gain knowledge by travelling all around the world. Beauchemin has received several important awards, including the Saidye Bronfman (1982), Paul-Émile-Borduas (2005) and the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts (2006).
Soleil is a striped bright coloured flame and bubble throwing piece made of blown and shattered glass. Inside, trapped in steel mesh, fibre optics and enamelled copper, mysterious fires can be seen swapping their lemon-yellow, safflower red and pensive-boreal magenta colours. The suspended sun (soleil) rests on a mirror which, when walking underneath, reflects a new perspective of ourselves.