Melanie Rocan
Mélanie Rocan, Collage, 2010.

Artist talk with Mélanie Rocan

October 5, 2013 – 3pm to 4:30pm

Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art is pleased to present a talk an artist talk by Mélanie Rocan on Saturday, October 5th at 3:00 pm. The talk is in conjunction with the exhibition Mélanie Rocan: Souvenir involontaire at Plug In ICA through to November 10th.

The visual world Mélanie Rocan creates with her paintings is a blended swirl of emotions and objects. Her art historical genealogy traverses many eras, from Surrealism to Expressionism, but perhaps she owes her greatest impulse to the Symbolist outgrowth of Romanticism. Enthralled by the inner material of the self, the Romantics preferred to view emotions as an implicitly valid approach to the world, and not secondary to analytic thought. Rocan’s imagery floats in the realm of the subconscious, with her dream-like, dream-dwelling subjects melding with environments both natural and cultural. The sense of nostalgia evoked by Rocan’s painted images—ferris wheels, gingham tablecloths, tire swings, floral wallpaper—speaks to memory and timelessness. These images are more about fleeting recollections than about the objects that define one’s social status.

Mélanie Rocan recently completed her Masters in Fine Arts, painting program at Concordia University (Montreal). Rocan’s work has been included in exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (Toronto), Leonard & Bina Ellen Gallery (Montreal), La Maison des Artistes Visuels Francophones (Winnipeg), Project Room (Glasgow, Scotland), Winnipeg Art Gallery and Plug In ICA (Winnipeg). Rocan is represented by Paul Petro Contemporary Art (Toronto).

The event is free and all are welcome to attend.