Chantal Rousseau is a queer settler artist currently residing in Dawson City, Yukon, on Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Territories. Her practice is informed by a bioregional focus, using both embodied experience and research to learn about specific ecosystems. She is also interested in humour, storytelling and narrative, regional snack foods, pop cultural fads, and internet memes, combining these elements with birds, animals, amphibians and plants. She creates paintings, animations and animated GIFs, and sound works.
In the fall of 2022 she was an artist in residence with the Klondike Institute of Arts & Culture in Dawson City. She participated in the 2023 edition of s(hiver) arts festival in February, with a projection installation on the Yukon River of a collaborative animation made with local artist Darcy Tara McDiarmid. This animation, Starlight Sojourn, was also screened at the 2023 Dawson City International Short Film Festival, and is currently included in an exhibition about species at risk at the Dänojà Z’ho Cultural Centre in Dawson City.
In the summer of 2021 she was an artist-in-residence in a mobile off-grid tiny house on Manitoulin Island, hosted by 4elements Living Arts. During her time there she collaborated with two community gardens to develop site-specific and member-based projects. The same year she also participated in a virtual residency with six international artists located in Sweden, Spain and Canada, a project led by curator Abir Boukhari. The artworks resulting from this residency have been shown at Platform centre for photographic + digital arts in Winnipeg, Hangar in Barcelona, and the AllArtNowLab in Stockholm. In the late summer and fall of 2021, she was an artist-in-residence at Bareneed Studios and at The Pouch Cove Foundation, both in Newfoundland. In 2022 she will be an artist-in-residence at The Klondike Institute of Art and Culture in Dawson City.
In 2021, she organized a site-specific exhibition EXPO-MOTEL at the motel Le Nordet in the Gaspésie, working with two local artists, and in partnership with the artist-run centre Bureau Satellite Vaste et Vague. The second iteration of this project took place in April 2022.
Rousseau had a temporary public artwork on display in Erindale Park in Mississauga, Ontario, from October 2020 to October 2021. The project We are all here was comprised of a series of flags showcasing species found in the Credit River Watershed. Her animations were featured in Mississauga’s Art on the Screens program in Celebration Square in July 2021. In 2020 she completed a series of billboards for the City of Kingston’s Paved Paradise temporary public art series.
In the fall of 2020 she had a solo show at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Tap Dancing Seagull and Other Stories, which featured a series of animated GIFs. Her work has been exhibited across Canada and internationally, including Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Centre, Buffalo; the wrong biennale; Canadian Cultural Centre, Paris; The New Gallery, Calgary; Latitude 53, Edmonton; Mercer Union, Toronto; and La Centrale, Montreal.
Her videos have been screened in numerous venues and festivals including the Festival Polyphonix, Bologna, Italy. Her work was featured as GIF of the Day on Art F City in 2014.
Chantal Rousseau has been involved in multiple artist collectives. She was a member of Agitated Plover Salon, a group of six Kingston-based artists, who exhibited from 2013 to 2014. She was also a member of Toronto-based Personal Volare, eleven artists who exhibited together from 2000 to 2009.
Her work is in the collections of the City of Ottawa, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, and Dawson College.
She is a graduate of the University of Guelph (MFA), and Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design (BFA).