R-Value

Solo Exhibition
Galerie Division, Montreal, QC
Feb 20 - May 9 2020


For years, the housing situation in Indigenous communities has remained grievously unchanged. In remote regions with harsh winter conditions, construction materials can be scarce and expensive. Construction financing is cannibalized for repair and upkeep, while residents and local councils are excluded from decision-making. The result is generic housing, unattuned to its environment and bearing no resemblance to traditional dwellings. Caroline Monnet’s recent work grapples with colonialism’s impact, updating outdated systems with Indigenous methodologies. Combining contemporary building materials and patterns transmitted across generations, Monnet creates hybrid objects. Resembling city maps and bar codes as much as they do traditional weaving and beading, the patterns she prints on, weaves into, or cuts from insulation offers a glimpse back and a path forward.


R-Value, 2020 
Mineral wool and plexiglass,
36″ x 24 1/2″ x 8″



The Flow Between Hard Places, 2019  Ductal concrete,  96″ x 48″ x 24″The Flow Between Hard Places, 2019
Ductal concrete,
96″ x 48″ x 24″



Exhibition view at Division Gallery Feb. 2020




Exhibition view at Division Gallery Feb. 2020



Super Strong, 2020
Styrofoan,
73″ x 97″ x 3 ¾″



Radiant System n. 5, 2020 
Embroidery on thermal bubble sheet,
26 ¼″ x 26 ¼″ x 1 ½″



Radiant System n. 6, 2020
Embroidery on thermal bubble sheet,
26 ¼″ x 26 ¼″ x 1 ½″



Radiant System n. 4, 2020 
Embroidery on thermal bubble sheet,
26 ¼″ x 26 ¼″ x 1 ½″




Exhibition view at Division Gallery Feb. 2020



Exhibition view at Division Gallery Feb. 2020



We comme in numbers, 2020,
Tyvek sewn on fabric, wood,
86″ x 91 ½″ x 7 ½″



Longing for trust n. 1, 2020
Acrylic and wood,
47″




Exhibition view at Division Gallery Feb. 2020