LOUISE LEMIEUX BERUBE
LOUISE LEMIEUX BÉRUBÉ, born in Canada in 1943, graduated in Art History from the University of Quebec in Montreal. Together with Régine Mainberger, she founded the Montréal Centre of Contemporary Textiles in 1990. “Having a great passion for weaving, I managed to convince the bureaucrats that this technique is part of our collective history, at least for the women of Quebec”. Thus the “Textile Construction” programme was set up, embracing new technologies in knitting and weaving from the outset. The jacquard course brought the students in touch with industry. In 1997 Louise Bérubé began offering summer courses in CAD jacquard weaving to an international public. Over 300 textile artist have participated and are returning to Montréal with their commissions to have them woven at the Centre, enabling the Centre to expand its equipment.
Apart from these important educational activities, Louise Bérubé is a gifted artist who combines her skills in photography and weaving. Bérubé has always been fascinated by the work of artists, dancers, writers, photographers, film and multimedia quilters etc., which she has incorporated into the imagery of her own work. Bérubé explores a multi-faceted vision of life, man and nature through the use of a computer-assisted technique she has pioneered. This technique enables the artist to use a photograph, manipulated to produce the desired effect, and transform it into a woven textile.
Louise Bérubé has exhibited her work throughout Canada and the United States as well as in Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, Argentina, China and Spain. Bérubé’s work is represented in public collections, including that of the Canadian Embassy in London, UK; Deutsches Technikmuseum, Berlin, Germany; Place des Arts in Montréal; Loto Québec; Société de développement des entreprises culturelles du Québec; Ville de Lasalle, QC, and Temple Manuel Beth Shalom, Westmount, QC, as well as numerous private collections.
In Kaunas Louise Bérubé will show large-format jacquard weavings produced from her own photos of dancers, translating movement and energy into complex weaving structures.
THE FLIGHT. 2009. Handwoven Jacquard: tencel, stainless steel, copper, linen, wool. 158 x 145 cm. Pictured: choregraph Sarah Chase; art director – Kathy Casey, Montréal Danse; photograph of choregraphy and textile artwork: Louise Lemieux Bérubé.
TRYPTIQUE. 2009. Handwoven Jacquard: tencel, stainless steel, copper, linen, wool. 106 x 145 cm. Pictured: dancers George Stamos, Clara Furey ; photograph of choregraphy and textile artwork: Louise Lemieux Bérubé.
A TOE IN THE EMPTINESS. 2010. Handwoven Jacquard: tencel, stainless steel, copper, linen, wool. 200 x 190 cm. Pictured: choreographs Sandy Bessette, Marie-Claude Roulez; dancers Sandy Bessette, Frédéric Lemieux-Cormier; photograph of choregraphy and textile artwork: Louise Lemieux Bérubé.