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Francine Potvin, MFA, BFA

Part-time Instructor, Ceramics

Biography   


Office: S-VA 239 
Visual Arts Building,
1395 René Lévesque W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 4262
Email: francine.potvin@concordia.ca
Website(s): Francine Potvin

Francine Potvin is a visual artist, a teacher, an avid gardener and a plant aficionado. She has three sons who are successful in training her to be a perfectly imperfect mother. The awe-inspiring secret life of plants and the sacred interconnectedness of all things are the subject and the terrain she delves into for her creative process. She has a keen interest in herbalism, deep ecology and ecofeminism. Her yoga practice and a fascination with buddhist philosophies also cross-pollinate her approach to life and art making.

Francine works mostly in ceramics, printmaking and with a photographic printing process called cyanotype. Over the last thirty years, her work has taken on an interdisciplinary aspect, culminating into installations of botanical images which aim at reviving reverence and enchantment towards indigenous native plant life.  It is an invitation to contemplation, rootedness and a way of reinventing images of the anima mundi.

A part-time faculty member in Ceramics  at Concordia University since 1993, Francine is also a supplementary art teacher for young children at the Val-des-Cerfs school board in the Eastern Townships where she lives.

She has shared her work in Quebec and abroad in numerous solo and group exhibitions and received various grants from the Concordia University Part-time Faculty Association (CUPFA), the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Her work is included in public collections including Collection Prêt d' Oeuvres d'art du Musée du Québec , Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec and Banque Nationale du Québec.

Education

MFA Concordia University, Montreal, 1993
Visual Arts Advanced Studio Program, Banff Centre School of Fine Arts 1987
BFA Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, 1983

Areas of expertise

Paper clay, collagraphy, cyanotype, Quebec wild flora and medicinal plants

Research interests

Notions of healing, herbalism, ecofeminism and ethnobotany.

Pétrification (troisième version), ceramics installation, vegetable matter, paperclay, clay, glazes,  variable dimensions, 3 white pine tables, 36x 18 x 72 " each,  2007 to 2009 | background: Parcelles de temps sauvage (deuxième version),102 cyanotypes developed on Somerset paper, 15 x 11" each,total dimensions: 270 x 70 ",  2005 to 2009
Photo credit: photographer: Guy l'Heureux
Pétrification (troisième version), ceramics installation, vegetable matter, paperclay, clay, glazes,  variable dimensions, 3 white pine tables, 36x 18 x 72 " each,  2007 to 2009 | background: Parcelles de temps sauvage (deuxième version),102 cyanotypes developed on Somerset paper, 15 x 11" each,total dimensions: 270 x 70 ",  2005 to 2009
Photo credit: photographer: Guy l'Heureux
Pétrification (troisième version), ceramics installation, vegetable matter, paperclay, clay, glazes,  variable dimensions, 3 white pine tables, 36x 18 x 72 " each,  2007 to 2009 | background: Parcelles de temps sauvage (deuxième version),102 cyanotypes developed on Somerset paper, 15 x 11" each,total dimensions: 270 x 70 ",  2005 to 2009  
Photo credit: photographer: Guy l'Heureux
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