Pacing the House is an exhibition of sculptures and drawings that use material inquiry to reframe childhood trauma into a state of investigation. By surveying the work through a feminist approach to autotheory, Perreault temporarily suspends the doubt she has thrown into the stories she has told herself and instead articulates them by creating objects and installations that reflect these conceptual intensions. Her practice involves a mode of creation—embodied disassociation at times—that sits between emotional immediacy and a process of gathering what has been lost. Using repetition and the multiple as a meditative mechanism provides grounding. The groupings of objects that make up the individual artworks fend off ideas of scarcity and provide manageable space for frightening experiences.
Photography: Scott Lee
Carrie Perreault’s recent exhibitions and projects include period of adjustment, Niagara Artists Centre, St. Catharines; and Show.19, Cambridge Art Galleries, curated by Iga Janik. In 2019, she published ‘period of adjustment’, a poster/pamphlet with essays by Sky Gooden and Lucy R. Lippard, and ‘The Artist Cookbook Vol. 1’, featuring 52 artist’s favourite recipes, with Vol. 2 set for release in Fall 2021. Perreault has received grants from the Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). She also serves as a member of the Executive Committee on the York South-Western Tenant Union. Carie Perreault lives and works in Toronto/Tkaronto.