A conversation with Michelle Allard

Michelle sat down with students from the WLU Cultural Studies in Action class to talk about her current exhibition Materialscape, her art making practice and what inspires her.

KS 300 Students:
Jordan Brennan, Alannah McConville, Victoria Shilton, Marcie Foster, Anna Wellman, Paiman Mohammad.

Michelle Allard’s exhibition Materialscape is On View until March 20, 2011 at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery. Admission is free and open to all.

Learn more about Michelle on her website>


Nearing completion

Artist Michelle Allard with Materialscape at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery

artist Michelle Allard with Materialscape at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery

It has been a great week with installation of Materialscape nearing completion. While preparing for installing and volunteer assistance I have had several opportunities to speak with the media and students. Wednesday’s online and print issue of the Waterloo Chronicle posted Charlotte Prong Parkhill’s article (Paper work) on our interview surrounding Materialscape. Monday morning I had a live interview with Jeremy Smith’s morning radio programming on CKWR, and an blog interview with students of Wilfrid Laurier University. Coming up is the artist’s talk Thursday evening at 7pm and the Opening Reception Friday (both are free). I’m excited and hope that the community volunteers have a chance to attend either event to view their hard work.

Materialscape at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery Materialscape by Michelle Allard at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery


Interview updates


We’ve been keeping Michelle busy connecting with media, the community and our special guest bloggers, six students from the Wilfred Laurier University’s Cultural Studies in Action class. Meet them on Free-Admission and catch the behind the scenes photos of their video interview with Michelle.

Also watch for Wednesday’s Waterloo Chronicle which will feature an interview with Michelle by reporter Charlotte Prong Parkhill.

– Kirstie

Stage 2

Email to Kirstie:

Suffice it to say all is going very well and the volunteers have been incredible. I am happy with the process and development of the work and am excited to see it materialize over the next few days.

I have attached photos of the second phase of the installation, which involves filling the boxes and providing a basic layout in Eastman Gallery. Also a photo of the son of one of my volunteers who had a pro-D day and eagerly helped out.

– Michelle

Collective endeavors

Michelle Allard creating paper rolls for Materialscape

Materialscape is my 6th installation in the “Office Paper” series and promises to be the most ambitious. Each installation has been predominantly conceived of and produced in-situ with previous exhibitions in Japan, France and Canada ( Mercer Union and the Richmond Art Gallery).  Over 20 volunteers from the community and the University of Waterloo have come together for 2 weeks to help prepare the materials which involves rolling and gluing sheet after sheet of printer paper. All this whilst getting to know each other and listening to informative and entertaining podcasts of “This American Life“. This work could not be produced without such amazing and committed help, thus I see this as a truly collective endeavor.

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First impressions

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First impressions.

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