"Mémoire féminine» is the third solo exhibition for the artist Johanne Côté. She wanted to combine various communication modes and heritage techniques. She found rhythm and form similarities in Morse code, in brail as well as in textile art techniques. Therefore, she has woven and embroidered her creations from dots and lines.
Some creations were made with weaving within the “Trois Cercles de Fermières de Coaticook. Others were embroidered using cross stitching. In addition to these, some were completed during the artist residency in Coaticook from the 21st of July to 5th of October 2015. These creations reflect the artist's questions about coding and deciphering in what surrounds us.
The F08 series was produced with ocher cotton yarn, gray cotton yarn and audio cassette tape. Morse code is used to decipher the name of the circle in which the work has been woven. Each piece is about 24 inches high, the size of a traditional dishcloth. Johanne wove in Morse code with audio cassette tape, making us think of telegraphy. Each piece is unique but linked at the same time since the chain assembly is specific to each circle while the weft thread is the same.
These creations were made with an embroidery technique called cross stitching from Morse code and the brail alphabet.
This part is a fusion of audio cassette tape, 8 tracks, embroidery thread, sewing items and or mechanical piano paper without using both means of communication mentioned earlier.
In all, the creations in this exhibition relate to the artist's questions about the mysteries of the transmission of knowledge and the various modes of communication which consist of linear or circular shapes.
Johanne Côté participated in several collective exhibitions as well as three solos over the past three years. She lives and works in Sherbrooke. She has an academic background in graphic and visual arts. With her artistic projects she explores memory themes, family legacy, outdated technologies and the transmission of knowledge. She is sensitive to the combination of visual and textile art.
The grand opening will be held on Sunday the 13th of March at 2 p.m.