- Public art
- Opening reception
- Artist talk
Mélanie Myer's Carrousel is presented by AXENÉO7 artist-run centre as part of its Public Art Summer Programming and the 2021 edition of City of Gatineau’s Sentier culturel and is produced with the financial support of the Fonds de soutien à l'animation du centre-ville de Gatineau.
Set in a carefully tended bucolic setting, the carousel of the Théâtre de l'Île in Gatineau roundabout evokes the white picket fences and equestrian statues from a bygone military era. From horses to cars, roads have changed over time, adapting to strategic and technological advances. The roundabout is a new addition to the Gatineau landscape. While the circular design was created to alleviate traffic, the stalled Carrousel suggests a problem that is difficult to avoid: traffic congestion. Staggered horses form a pileup that cars can keep circling in endless loop.
Mélanie Myers lives and works in Gatineau. She has an MFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD, 2013) and a BA in art and design from Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO, 2008). Her practice touches on various areas of interest: landscape, reality, comfort and the middle class, which she approaches critically through drawing and installation. Her projects have been supported by the provincial and federal arts councils and shown in several galleries and centres across Canada, including Division Gallery (Toronto), Forest City Gallery (London), L'Écart (Rouyn-Noranda) and Gallery 17/18 (Ottawa). She has participated in residencies at Centre Bang (Chicoutimi) and Maison Scott-Fairview (Gatineau). Myers currently teaches drawing at UQO. In addition to her studio practice, she works on set design projects for the theatre.