Creating images from which evolve my visual vocabulary affords me the freedom to express myself without words. Paradoxically, it is the words I choose to define an experience or a subject that trigger my process. As form and meaning emerge from the lines, shapes, colours and textures, my train of visual thinking is revealed; words return to identify the iconography I am enticed to explore. Essentially, my work deals with our humanity. It investigates the fundamental questions surrounding life and death through themes such as survival and belonging.

The honesty of drawing lends itself well to the exploration and the sensitivity of these themes; markings on paper cannot be easily masked and are therefore vulnerable by nature. Qualities of intimacy and freedom have led me back to the practice of drawing with the confidence to guide me to discovery. Photography continues to serve and inform me as a means of researching subjects of interest and occasionally appropriated to tell a story. By nature, books can be handled and provide a greater level of intimacy with its content. I started creating artist's books, their content and binding, to explore a related theme, vulnerability.

Admittedly, my work informs me. It is a means to express my perceptions of the world around me as I continuously seek understanding.


Roxanne Lafleur lives and works in Ottawa, Canada. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Ottawa, where she specialized in drawing, printmaking and photography. Upon graduation, she took the position of Assistant Slide Curator at the University of Ottawa where she now manages the image collections in the Visual Arts, the Humanities and Social Sciences, and provides research assistance. She also served as Assistant Picture Editor in Publications at the National Gallery of Canada, as coordinator for a series of conferences on art and science at the University of Ottawa and as studio and research assistant to numerous artists.

While pursuing a career in image collections, Roxanne Lafleur continued her development as an artist and has found her own distinct artistic voice. Forced to abandon darkroom photography for health reasons, she reconnected with the practice of drawing and began writing and making artist books. Her artwork reveals a deep interest in the human condition through themes such as survival, belonging and vulnerability.





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