Sarah Thibault’s sculpture and installation practice appropriates common cultural symbols and decorative arts savoir-faire to develop a rich and unique formal language. Perfectly aligned with the central doorway of the Saint-Roch church, Monumental Impermanence provides a passageway to the church’s forecourt, a gathering place for residents of the Saint-Roch district.
Visually striking with its imposing volume and gilded finish, the arch is fully covered with an haut-relief of papier-mâché baguettes, a favourite motif for Thibault. With symbolic elements spanning the lowly to the ornate, the work also echoes the gilding of the Saint-Roch church, including the statue of Saint Roch that once crowned the roof and decorative elements of the interior.
Sarah Thibault is a Quebec City artist and graduate of Quebec City’s craft school (Maison des métiers d’art de Québec) and jewelry school (École de joaillerie de Québec). Her practice revolves around a satirical appropriation of the visual culture of power. She has exhibited at the Galerie Sans Nom (Moncton), La Centrale galerie Powerhouse (Montreal), and Regart artist-run-centre (Lévis), and participated in contemporary art events and fairs and completed held international residencies at the Annexes du Château de Bourglinster (Luxemburg) and Studio Kura (Itoshima, Japan).