For her 611 Talk Christine Major will discuss her site-specific painting installation project The 3915 Sainte-Catherine Est Case in the context of the symposium A Crimp in the Fabric: Situating Painting Today, where she'll be part of the panel Making a Difference: The Effective Capacity of Painting with Charlene Vickers and Francine Savard and moderator Nicole Ondre.
Christine Major painting practice is engaged, concerned with identity and feminist issues, and takes a critical look at the function of the image in the media and its impact on the representation of bodies. Her recent work evokes alternatively, horror films, the macabre art of the Middle Ages and gore literature. She uses fiction to play around with the disturbing figure of "the stranger" in a site-specific painting installation. In order to do this, she diverts images of female stereotypes used to exacerbate the fears and prejudices of the audience by provoking fright, and possibly disgust. She works with collages to develop an hybridization of images in the construction of her paintings. She advocates illegibility and variability in the appropriation of images and exhibition
of her work. She is interested in the monstrous, where pain borders horror when faced with difference.
A representative of a new generation of Canadian painters and based in Montréal, Christine Major (professor in the painting and drawing area of the École des arts visuels et médiatiques at the Université du Québec à Montréal) has exhibited her work at numerous venues in Quebec and Canada. She is currently part of a Virtual exhibition realised by the Galerie de l'UQAM in partnership with the Virtual Museum of Canada, The painting project: A Snapshot of Painting in Canada. She was part of HER NOW, Six Painters from Quebec and Canada in 2016, a group show at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in Montreal. Her work is part of different public and private collections.