Meet the Bill and Isabel Pope Artist in Residence
November 12, 2015

Montreal artist Julie Trudel is at NSCAD University through the Bill and Isabel Pope Artist in Residence program.
You could say Julie Trudel’s work has taken a turn since she first arrived two months ago at NSCAD University as the Bill and Isabel Pope Artist-in-Residence.

Her paintings on Plexiglas actually bend off the walls in a process she’s developed in consultation with Donald Thompson at the Port Campus.

“I came up with the idea of bending the paintings. I did a few small scale prototypes and Donnie and I worked together on the technical aspects,” she says, in a light-filled studio on the Fountain Campus. “We’ve been trying different things and basically having a lot of fun together.”

An abstract painter, Julie’s work has a digital sensibility although done without the aid of a computer. Her artworks on Plexiglas are entirely painted by hand using liquid paint and dripping processes, giving her work the illusion of three-dimensionality and motion. Now, with some careful bends applied to her acrylic panels using heat, she’s able to play with light and shadows too.

It’s clearly been a productive time for the Montreal artist, who is supported with a stipend of $8,000 through the Robert Pope Foundation while NSCAD provides studio space, faculty support and a solo exhibition at the Anna Leonowens Gallery.

“There’s a lot of energy here. It’s wonderful to be at a real art school, to see the teaching and to discover the art community here,” says Julie, winner of the 2013 Plaskett Award.

Her show, Ivory Black and Titanium White Project: Transparency and Distortion will take place Nov. 17 to 28 at the Anna Leonowens Gallery. The opening reception is Monday, Nov. 16, 5:30 pm, and her artist’s talk takes place Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 12 noon.

“I really love it here. It’s a great place to put your head down and work,” says Julie, who earned her BFA and MFA from UQAM (Montreal). “Everything has been so smooth and easy.”

The Robert Pope Foundation provides support of artists, public art galleries, cancer patients, palliative care and community wellness in the name of Robert Pope, a Nova Scotia artist and NSCAD alumnus who died of Hodgkin’s Disease in 1992. The residency at NSCAD is named in memory of Robert Pope’s parents Bill and Isabel Pope. Past Bill and Isabel Pope Artists in Residence include Colin Dorward from Edmonton, AB; Rachel MacFarlane from Toronto, ON; and Rick Leong from Victoria, BC.