Literary Performance by Marie-Hélène Tessier
Marie-Hélène Tessier is a Canadian artist who works collaboratively in the field of literary performance. Marie-Hélène’s works combine a wide range of media and disciplines, to create shared experiences that question relationships and collective existence.
The artist’s online portfolio collects her works and performances in a way that reveals just enough without showing us the whole piece. In many cases, because the work is performative, what exists in the portfolio is a series of inspiration and referential images, sometimes photographs of the performance itself and sometimes images and text that sit beside the performance.
Overall, the work Marie-Hélène displays oscillates between highly conceptual and philosophical tones, run through a filter of low-brow, mundane, commercialized signs and signifiers. Many of Marie-Hélène’s works also incorporate very current media such as text messaging and Facebook, questioning art’s arbitrary separation from the everyday, and attempting to reposition it within regular activities.