Based in Montreal, Vicky Sabourin combines installation and performance to create durational tableau vivant. Her work delves into the multiple layers of her own identity, pulling stories from fairy tales, mythology, and her own family history.
She often uses seduction and desire to stimulate a strong emotional response in the viewer and considers herself an image maker.
Warmblood explores the intensely intimate relationships between human and horse and considers the potency of this noble animal as symbolic motif, emblematic of the power of dynamic man attempts to exert upon the world. The artist's performance and its vestige as installation meditate upon the fantasized figure of the cowboy, imprinted in our collective imagination through cinema, television, print media, and, literature, and investigates the link between rider and horse, wilderness and control.
Vicky Sabourin lives and works in Montreal. She holds a master’s degree in visual arts from Concordia University. Her work has been presented in art galleries, museums and artist-run centres in Canada, the United States, and Europe. Recent solo exhibitions of her work include Les Curiosités at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ), Danse Macabre at L’Oeil de Poisson in Quebec city and at Sporobole in Sherbrooke. Warmblood has been exhibited across the country; from Eastern Edge Gallery in St John’s Newfoundland, Struts Gallery in New Brunswick, the Hamilton Artists Inc in Ontario to Access Gallery in Vancouver. Sabourin’s piece Lac caché was part of the event Manif d’art 8, Biennale d’art contemporain du Québec, presented at the MNBAQ. In December 2014 she was named emerging artist of the year by the newspaper La Presse and was a finalist for the Pierre Ayot Award. She is a recipient of grants from the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec and the Canada Council for the Arts.