Monique Hurteau is a French + Indigenous creative explorer whose practice spans from working with the Canadian Museum of Human Rights, to the Indigenous Music Awards and CBC’s The Debaters. Her artwork can be found in collections across Canada, the US + UK.
Monique also wrote, produced & co-directed, Chasing Lear, a documentary about a man’s 45 year pursuit of his dream culminating in the first all-Native Shakespeare on an A-house main stage in Canadian history.
Monique augments self-study with formal training, most recently with Honourary Drawing Master, Brian Smith AOCA.
Throughout her body of work, Monique explores her own complex cultural history and identity while challenging and purposely disrupting societal and cultural norms.
Currently, she lives in Squamish BC with her husband, a dog and two cats.
I adore scraping into wet paint, the act of unearthing. Sanding down layers to see what might be revealed beneath. Scribbling, to discover how it disrupts composition. Layering on colour and texture with the intent to deconstruct it. I seek out the iterative process of building up, breaking down and building up again.
This includes experimenting with not only processes but also the places I start from. Exploring dark recesses out to their edges and risking failure because that’s where the magic happens. Not by doing what I’ve always done and what makes me, and others, feel safe. Here, there be dragons.