Myriam Dion Fragments
Works in the exhibition
Division is pleased to present Montreal-based artist Myriam Dion’s second solo exhibition with the gallery.
Characterized as much by news as by the physical newsprint from which they are made, Myriam Dion’s works recontextualize world events through a lens of delicate lacework. In FRAGMENTS, Dion specifically examines the Syrian conflict and the resulting migrant crisis.
In FRAGMENTS, fine decoupage expresses the tragedy of these political issues. Interleaving striking images of political conflict culled from world news, Dion fashions carpets adorned with the decorative patterns of traditional Syrian prayer rugs. Her work integrates these patterns through a technique of patient accumulation indebted to traditional weaving. Initially whole, the pages transform by a series of incisions, the removal of each fragment symbolic of priceless carpets worn by time or cut into smaller swaths for international sale. Dion’s use of the carpet underlines the importance in her work of traditional manual skill and an investment in time and labour. This stretching of time reflects the viewer’s shift in appreciation from a rapid scanning of written words to a more profound consideration of the artist’s patiently cut mosaics.
This decomposition of paper carpets echoes the destruction caused by the Syrian conflict, notably the annihilation of monuments and cultural artifacts sacred to humanity at large. Façade de recueillement, which represents the Great Mosque of Aleppo, not only forces the viewer to ask questions about the conflict, but also to consider their own place amid these issues. Examining the fine paper surface, incised with ornamentation appropriated from a bombed and looted mosque, the conflict’s impact hits home. Fine, fragile and aesthetically seductive, Dion’s sections of paper nonetheless resonate with the weight of urgent political upheaval.
Myriam Dion lives and works in Montreal. Her work has been included in several solo and group exhibitions, including Étiolements at l’Oeil de Poisson, Québec (2017), Accessoires décoratifs at Arprim, Montreal (2016), and at many art fairs, including Papier. Her work resides in various collections including that of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Loto-Québec, Cirque du Soleil, TD Bank, and Global Affairs Canada.