Rebecca Clouâtre Solo Exhibition
By Rebecca Clouâtre
Rebecca Clouâtre is an emerging, hand-cut paper collage artist based in Ottawa, Ontario. Through her work, Clouâtre aims to encourage viewers to contemplate the intricacies of nature and our complex relationships with the environment. The importance of human connection and a focus on a holistic world view frequently influence her creative process. Her collages amalgamate a variety of imagery, including vintage photographs and pictures from the natural world. Clouâtre finds inspiration from an array of sources – such as natural history illustration from the 1800s, Surrealism, illuminated manuscripts, and contemporary feminism – and creates playful, whimsical scenes that invite viewers into her built dreamscapes. With the intention of bringing attention to and recycling tangible objects that have otherwise been discarded and/or forgotten about, most of Clouâtre’s material is sourced from a variety of paper-based paraphernalia – such as magazines and books – that have been scavenged from used bookstores, yard sales and thrift shops.
In 2015 Clouâtre received a Masters degree in Art History from Carleton University, with a concentration in Art Exhibition and Curatorial Studies. After a brief career in historical research and curatorial work, she is now a full-time artist and mother. In 2019, CBC Arts released a Paper Cuts documentary film about Clouâtre and her artistic process. Her collages have been exhibited in Canada, the U.S.A. and Australia.