Infidélités is an artists’ book that speaks of fidelity. The edition is comprised
of twenty-one books, all containing - in either a blue binding or a
wooden box - the works of six artists and a writer.
This project originated on a bitter cold January afternoon in 2004,
around a pot of hot tea at the quiet Sablo Kafé in Montreal. A group of
people connected in one way or another to the large web printmaking had
managed to spin across the province of Quebec and get together hoping to
relive the enriching experience of a collaborative artwork. Infidélités,
the artists’ book, was to become the answer to their quest.
The finished product contains twelve artworks and three pages of text
in an unusually elongated box (15 x 45 cm). Each artist has created
the first follows the chosen theme; the second replies to the interpretation
of the theme by the other participants in the project. The writer
repeats this creative process with a first variation, followed by
variations inspired by the artworks and the animated studio meetings.
the writer has added a chosen extract. The interactive aspect adds
dynamism to this artists’ book - as one flips through the loose pages, one
tends to look for links that could tie the works together.
When we chose the title Infidélités our purpose was to free
ourselves from the restraints imposed by the traditional artist’s
book, the book that contained only original prints and a text. “Ma
fidélité est ma liberté”, writes Andrée
Dandurand. The finished product however shows loyalty: loyalty first
to old friendships, but also loyalty to work well done and to noble materials.
This book is respectful of traditional printmaking techniques (lino,
silkscreen), weaving and collage, drawing and painting, as well as binding.
The most faithful to the theme are Hélène Goulet and Andres
Manniste: they use printmaking techniques to explore relationships. Elisabeth
Dupond is faithful to her long practice of printmaking by reusing the dry
point technique on a painted surface. Julianna Joos shows her attachment
to her printmaking tools in her prints before experimenting with jacquard
weaving. Lorraine Dagenais and Johanne Lemaire remain faithful to their
respective techniques in painting and drawing, unfaithful to the concept
of identical images. Andrée Dandurand summarizes this
creative experience in these words:
Fuyant comme l’eau
Infidèle comme le vent
Inconstant comme le ciel
Fidèle comme la rive