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Richard Boulet: Stitched and Drawn

Date Dec 3, 2012 - Mar 10, 2013
Artist Richard Boulet
Curated by Wayne Baerwaldt

Exhibition Overview

Featuring the multifaceted work of Canadian artist Richard Boulet, Stitched and Drawn highlights the artist’s use of quilting and cross-stitching techniques to address his personal history of schizophrenia and broader issues of mental health. Formally trained in painting, drawing, and sculpture, Boulet aligned himself with poetic, literary and linguistic explorations of conceptual art of the 1960s, when he was a youong adult working on an architcture degree in the early 1980s.

Boulet's art is decidedly self-reflexive; his labour-intensive working process provides him with an opportunity to contemplate the past and, stitch by careful stitch, to put things right. As Boulet explains, "To use quilting and cross-stitching in a body of work that alludes to the psychological dilemmas of addressing personal traumas seems appropriate, in that there is a strong sense of comfort and self-care in these two techniques.

Circulated by the Illingworth Kerr Gallery.

Additional Information

Richard Boulet has worked and lived in Edmonton for the past nine years. He has a BFA from the University of Manitoba School of Art, Winnipeg, and an MFA from the University of Alberta, Edmonton. Boulet has exhibited at Plug In ICA, Winnipeg; Creative Growth, San Francisco; Keyano College Art Gallery, Fort McMurray; Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Alberta College of Art + Design, Calgary; Ace Art Inc., Winnipeg; and the 2007 Alberta Biennale.

Related Programs and Events

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Curator's Tour: Richard Boulet: Stitched and Drawn
Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 6:30 pm
Join TMC Curatorial Director Sarah Quinton as she offers insights into the personal narratives and artistic techniques employed by Edmonton artist Richard Boulet in powerful work that addresses his experiences with schizophrenia and broader issues of mental health.

Richard Boulet, <i>No Longer Homeless</i>, 2004, fabric appliqué and cross-stitch, 74 x 168 cm.
Richard Boulet, <i>Step 1AAAA</i>, 2004, fabric appliqué and cross-stitch, 164 x 366 cm.
Richard Boulet, <i>Scream Like a Shot Deer</i>, 2005, fabric appliqué and cross-stitch, 163 x 254 cm.
Installation view (2013) Photo: Jill Kitchener
Installation view (2013) Photo: Jill Kitchener
Installation view (2013) Photo: Jill Kitchener
Installation view (2013) Photo: Jill Kitchener