Currently based in Vancouver, Marie-Pier Malouin was born in Beloeil, Canada in 1983. She received a BFA in Studio Art from Concordia University with a minor in Anthropology from the University of Montreal (Canada). She completed an MA in Art & Science at the University of the Arts London - Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (UK). Her work has been shown as part of group shows in Canada, and in Europe. She has received the Daniel Ford International Prize for Innovation (2015), the Golden Key International Society’s Visual & Performing Arts Achievement Award (2012) and the Bead’n Stitch Award from Concordia University (2010). She is involved with the arts community at the Centre culturel francophone de Vancouver, and as treasurer on the Board of Director, of the Collectif des artistes visuels de Colombie-Britannique.
Malouin’s work consists of both small-scale sculptures or drawings and large-scale installation pieces that are the results of a lifelong interest in the concepts and methodologies of science. Her creative practice, which is influenced by the minimalism in visual art and the post-structuralism in human science, takes place within the context of linguistic research. Responding to experiments set up in her studio, Malouin explores how language influences the ways in which we look at the world and the set of limits created when our language defines and divides our world.
In her attempt to think about language from the outside, she puts forward the constant flow of exchanges between the linguistic units and the semantic movements. Using texture, transparency and movement, she build responses to the contrast between the permeability of the semantic borders and the rigid taxonomic systems used to define and organize knowledge.
Her reflection has led her into three related directions. The relationship between words and images, the relationship between words and thoughts, and the confrontation between the classification systems implied by languages to understand our world and the permeability and movement of the semantic borders.