Saintes is an installation incorporating a series of resin sculptures casted from the inside of hollow Virgin Mary statues. By treating the negative space inside the statues as the “new icon”, Rosalie H. Maheux removes both physical and psychological aspects related to the Virgin Mary, thus offering a contrasting new perspective on the representation of women.
With the shapes obtained from the interior cast of the hollow statues and the re-appropriation of catholic shrines, the work confronts the idea of procreation versus pleasure while proposing an intergenerational and critical conversation between the artist’s catholic cultural background and her feminist views.
The creation of this work was made possible thanks to the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts | Conseil des Arts du Canada and the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council.
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.
Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.
Rosalie H. Maheux was born in a small town on the South shore of the Saint Lawrence River, Québec, Canada in 1988. Maheux obtained an Honours Bachelor of Arts - Specialist in Studio from the University of Toronto, in 2014. She now lives and works in Toronto, Canada and focuses primarily on sculpture and installation.
Her work has been featured in many group shows and has been presented in solo shows at the Y+ Contemporary Gallery (2016) and Gallery on Wade (2016), in Toronto. In 2016, she was an artist in residence at Eastside International in Los Angeles, California. Recent activities include a public installation in Fredericton, New Brunswick in partnership with Third Space Gallery, Saint-John, New Brunswick (April 2018) and an upcoming awarded residency for Emerging Artist at Spark Box Studio, Ontario (October 2018)
Rosalie H. Maheux is also the visual half of STRANDS, a performative and musical collaboration project with musician Jasmyn Burke.