The career of painter and author Monique Régimbald-Zeiber spans more than 35 years. She has developed a fascinating approach that disrupts the history of Québécois formalist painting by inserting references to the body and women’s realities, as described by women. Her mission: to give these stories a presence, rather than reducing them to anecdotes or news items, by “figuring differently.” She walks a fine line between abstract and figurative art, treating words as images and approaching pictorial composition from a syntactic perspective; the result is a distinctive hybrid of the disciplines at the heart of her work, literature and painting. Monique Régimbald-Zeiber has been a professor at UQAM’s school of visual and media arts for 20 years, where she has made a major contribution to the education of Quebec’s current generation of contemporary artists.
In the winter of 2020, the Musée d’art de Joliette will present the artist’s first retrospective, comprising works from the 1980s along with previously unseen pieces, designed to highlight the common thread running through a career that has put dialogue front and centre.
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Monique Régimbald-Zeiber, view of a workshop. Photo: Paul Litherland
Monique Régimbald-Zeiber, Avec Svetlana A. : Une histoire manquée (detail), 2017-2019, ink on canvas, 160 cm x 133 cm x 33 cm. Photo: Julián Durazo Herrman