Take Me Home

Take Me Home

Genevieve Jodouin

From October 6th to October 31st
Opening October 7th, 2010 from 7-10pm

Take Me Home is a journey into the childhood memories of Toronto artist Geneviève Jodouin. Exploring places Jodouin has identified as home, the exhibition explores the associated feelings for her, security, happiness, comfort and carefree jeunesse. A nostalgic look at the past and present, Jodouin continues to explore the intricacies of personal relationships and the spaces we live in. Simple moments in time; whimsical, joyful, and sweet recur through her most recent bodies of work.

Geneviève Jodouin lives, works and prints in Toronto, Ontario. She received her BFA from the Ontario College of Art and Design, in Toronto, in 2006 with a major in printmaking. Her medium of choice is serigraphy. She currently prints at Open Studio in Toronto and has been exhibiting steadily since graduating from OCAD. Her most recent shows include installation based exhibitions at LE, the Premiere Dance Theatre Gallery at the Harbourfront Centre and a scholarship show at the Georges Gilmour Member’s Gallery at Open Studio.

Artist Statement

Take Me Home is a collection of screenprints inspired by the different places that I have called home. The relationship between people and the spaces they live in has been a central theme of my work and with this exhibition I explore the feelings I associate with being home. In doing so I have drawn mostly on childhood memories and, having grown up in many houses, I know that each home I have lived in represents more than just a physical place but also a specific time in my life. This exhibition is a tribute to the small, but important, moments that happen in the places we hold dear. It highlights the times when happiness can be found in an afternoon spent outside, a quiet walk home or a goodnight kiss.

Take Me Home marks a new evolution in my practice, working with new subject matter and experimenting with alternative forms of installation to create a more immersive experience. Moving from exploring the privacy of a relationship between two people, this new work takes a nostalgic look at the past. Seven screenprints are accompanied by an installation of hanging mobiles which add whimsy and youthful playfulness to the gallery space. The mobiles are hung at the front of the gallery to set the stage for the exhibition and to immediately evoke memories of home and a sense of nostalgia.

This exhibition is generously supported by the Ontario Arts Council.