Chantal Rousseau’s practice brings together popular culture, sex, death, and technology. Playing off fleeting internet obsessions and subcultures, she intertwines humour and the macabre and makes feminism sexy.
Her work has been exhibited across Canada and internationally, including Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Centre, Buffalo; the wrong biennale; Canadian Cultural Centre, Paris; Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston; 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.
Rousseau currently has a public artwork on view in Kingston, Ontario – a series of billboards for the City of Kingston’s Paved Paradise series, that will be on display until November 2020. She also launched a temporary public artwork for Erindale Park in October 2020. The project We are all here is administered by Mississauga Culture in conjunction with Mississauga Parks and Forestry, and will be up for one year. Her solo show at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Tap Dancing Seagull and Other Stories, runs until December 6, 2020.
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.
She is a graduate of the University of Guelph (MFA), and Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design (BFA). She currently resides in Kingston, Ontario.