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The Interdisciplinary Art Portfolio of Marie-Hélène Tessier

A photo of a pair dressed in bright colours in a gallery space

Froment fromenté, cabaret inside an exhibition by Aurélien Fromen

Marie-Hélène Tessier (aka Marianne Tisserand) is a Vancouver-based multimedia artist who uses elements of writing, performance, and collaboration in her works. The artist’s practice is prolific, deeply philosophical and occasionally esoteric, with Marie incorporating elements of a range of disciplines to examine relationships, social mores, and language. 


A still from a performance art piece

Hôtel particules


I really like the way Marie incorporates writing into a practice that seems very rooted in visual and performance art. Naturally, there is an element of writing in many performance pieces, but Marie seems to take this a step further in some cases, showcasing blurbs, paragraphs, and pastiches on her portfolio site that are as intricately layered as they are difficult to categorize. Works like 遊客 Vancouver-Kaifeng-non-stop are microcosmic, stream-of-consciousness writings that seem to sit squarely between poetry and prose. 

A screen capture of Marie-Helen Tessier's art portfolio


There’s a sense of interconnectedness that runs through all of Marie’s artworks -- both in the sense that Marie’s works seem to exist as connected dots in one overarching concept, and in the sense that the collaborative nature of these pieces connects Marie with other artists, and by extension, her audiences.

An excerpt of text from an art writing遊客 Vancouver-Kaifeng-non-stop (excerpt)

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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