Entangled, Maude Arsenault

by Maude Arsenault


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64 Pages
5 Color Offset (Color & B&W)
9.4” x 12.25”
Edition of 500
ISBN: 978-0-9998298-5-1

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Entangled encapsulates a pivotal moment for Maude Arsenault’s work, representing a shift in perspective and personal responsibility. “After years dedicated to creating glorified images of women,” she says of her success in fashion photography, “I came to question my role and influence in the transmission of models of femininity.” Albeit informed by a progressive, non-binary upbringing, this introspection is ultimately necessary now – in the context of motherhood as she raises three children including a young woman.

When speaking about Entangled, Arsenault invokes the French word carcan – meaning “ploy,” or “ambush,” or “ideological trap” – to explain the underlying motivation for making the spare and evocative pictures in this debut monograph. By which she means that becoming an adult and a parent have given her distance and perspective on the cultural demands made on the bodies and societal roles of young women, and particularly on life choices which have been constricted or even foreordained. Arsenault calls the work “a poem, an ode, a shout out,” and one senses that the quiet power of the book lies in contradictions still unresolved even as the author gains in experience and independence. “I feel often trapped in the person I have been trying to be my entire life,” she says in a touching and revealing statement, one that perfectly echoes the finely calibrated tensions and the tentative triumphs evoked in these pages. “Now I stand, shaky but alive, looking away at my world as a female with the best possible hope.”

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Le livre photographique Entangled représente un moment charnière dans le parcours de Maude Arsenault, il aborde un changement de perspective et de responsabilité dans son cheminement de vie personnelle. « Après plusieurs années consacrées à la création d’images glorifiées de jeunes femmes », dit-elle de ses années dans le milieu de la photographie de mode, Maude en est venue à remettre en question son rôle et son influence dans la transmission des modèles de féminité. Bien qu’elle ait reçu une éducation progressiste et non genrée, cette introspection est aussi devenue nécessaire, dans le contexte de la maternité et d’une vie domestique impliquant un changement de valeurs et de paradigme pour elle. Soulignons que Maude est mère de trois enfants dont une adolescente de 16 ans.

En parlant de sa première monographie photographique Entangled, Maude Arsenault évoque le mot « carcan », qui peut aussi référer à « embuscade » ou à « piège idéologique », afin d’expliquer sa motivation sous-jacente dans la fabrication et la mise en séquence de ses images évocatrices. Elle explique que devenir adulte et mère lui a apporté une distance et une nouvelle perspective quant aux exigences culturelles et sociétales imposées aux femmes et aux jeunes filles, et en particulier sur leurss choix de vie parfois infligés, limités ou encore prédestinés. Arsenault appelle son œuvre « un poème, une ode, un cri » et on sent que le pouvoir tranquille du livre réside dans des contradictions encore non résolues. « Je me sens souvent prise au piège dans la personne que j’ai essayé d’être toute ma vie », dit-elle, dans une déclaration touchante et révélatrice, qui fait parfaitement écho aux tensions finement calibrées et aux triomphes provisoires évoqués dans ces pages.

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WHAT TYPE OF PAPER IS THE PHOTOGRAPH PRINTED ON?

All prints are Digital Pigment prints on museum-quality acid-free papers such as Museum Etching, Canson Rag and Arches Velin. These papers are designed to meet galleries and museum longevity requirements and ensure consistency of shades 200 years old. The choice of paper is suggested by the Photographer according to his or her preferences.

WHAT IS THE PRINTING PROCESS USED?

All prints are Digital Pigment Prints using the latest top of the line technology, archival high dynamic inks and 200 years old life paper.

IS THE IMAGE SIZE THE SAME AS THE PAPER SIZE?

NO! Our prints are on standard paper sizes and we don’t alter the image size and proportions to fit the paper. Each print has a minimum of 0.5 inch white border. This is an artistic decision that belongs to the artist. Margins don’t normally exceed 2-4 inches on each side depending on the final paper size.

Artist Bio

Maude Arsenault is a Canadian photographer, artist and curator who first had an international career in fashion. In 2013, with a third child on its way and a deep commitment into pursuing her interest in the field of contemporary photography she took on studies in Art History and founded online collective “”The Print Atelier“”.

Maude has curated many photography exhibitions and in 2019 she’s curating the international photography selection for Canada’s largest public contemporary art festival in Montréal: ART SOUTERRAIN.

As an artist and curator Maude is particularly invested in the representation of domesticity and intimacy. She is deeply interested in the notion of identity and the place of women and youth in our changing society.

After years dedicated to creating glorified images of women, she came to question her role and influence in the transmission of an idealized femininity. This questioning became even more tangible when, as her young daughter grew older, Maude could watch her become a “future” woman. Maude then decided to invest herself into a more personal approach that would document and capture puberty, teenage girls (mainly her’s) and children’s natural sense of playful eroticism. At the center of Maude’s photographic work there are young people revealing, through fictional stories distilled from reality and organized into the form of tableaux and portraits, stages and moments related to the development of their identity.

Maude’s photographs reveal the intimate universe of her subjects. By doing so, Maude is questioning the viewer’s perception and thus revealing how it is inevitably shaped and altered by our preconceived social, political and moral values.

Using the medium of photography since her beginnings, Maude has recently begun the exploration of other art forms such as video, installation, sculpture and painting. She is showing a exhibition in Montreal in March 2019 titled États Féminins en Mouvance, Essai no 1 which will be availble through The Print Atelier shortly.

Maude previously lived in Sydney and Paris but now devotes her time between the US and Canada, she has been a photographer for more then 23 years.

Her works has been published internationally in publications such as: ELLE, Vogue (Australia), Madame Figaro, Nylon, Flare, Fashion, DTK, Oyster and many more. Her work has been exhibited several times in Canada and the US since 2001 and her photographs are part of many private collections.

For more information you can visit her website at: www.maudearsenault.com

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