Michelle LaSalle (Université du Québec) holds a Certificate in Visual Arts from UQAM, where she is pursuing a BA in Visual and Media Arts Education. Her practice is multidisciplinary, but with a primary focus on photography and printmaking. It was during a session as a foreign student at École Nationale de Beaux-Arts de Lyon that she developed an interest in traces and, through them, in identity. Her works often grow out of found images or objects that inspire her because they convey a sort of memory of things experienced or clues to the identity of their former owner. Moi et l’autre is a series of 15 self-portraits in which pinhole-camera photographs are superimposed on found images, thus inserting the artist’s ghostly presence into the history of a family not her own. One of these works was selected for the 15th International Biennial Festival of Portraits, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in 2013.
Michelle LaSalle, Moi et l’autre V, 2013, Digital photomontage of found negatives superimposed over pinhole self portraits, 12”x15” (30.5 cm x 38.1cm)