A native of Windsor, Hélène Plourde has been dedicated to art for over thirty years. She studied fine arts in Sherbrooke and the Université du Québec in Montreal where she specialized in printmaking. She has more than thirty exhibitions including solo and group exhibitions, and has shown collectively with two artists in different areas of Quebec.
She has also completed works of art in context with the Policy 1%, integrating art and architecture and the environment. She has participated in several committees and juries for the Ministry of Culture and Communication and currently represents artists as a regional expert for the Montérégie. Many of her works can be found in public and private collections.
Since childhood, trees have a great fascination on the imagination of Hélène Plourde. She is attracted to these mysterious beings, she feels in communion with them. Over the years, her perception and awareness of trees have evolved and transformed into gratitude, love and respect.
Through her photographs, which serve as a starting point for painting compositions and assemblages of objects found in nature, she highlights their magnificence and sacredness while prompting questions about our reciprocal link and seeming loss. These works provide a critical perspective on the role of trees in our lives, how we use them, and sometimes overexploit.
In this exhibition, she investigates the kinship between trees and humans. Through a photographic installation, she creates a collection of images depicting humans making contact with trees. She evokes a gathering of trees somewhat like discovering a forest with different species, like humans and their own characteristics.