Elise Boudreau Graham – If It Makes You Happy

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If It Makes You Happy
(It Can’t Be That Bad)
Elise Boudreau Graham
July 22nd to August 20th

If It Makes You Happy is Maritime born, Montreal based artist Elise Boudreau Graham’s first solo show. If It Makes You Happy explores tensions of increasingly individualised brands of feminism and queries the ways in which the personal has become political. Aesthetically gesturing to the past, Boudreau Graham uses nostalgia to create a comfortable yet critical space which welcomes viewers to take a moment to relax and reflect on contemporary conditions of neoliberalism, internet activism, emotional labour, and commodified self-care.

Read/download the exhibition text by Genevieve Flavelle here.

Elise Boudreau Graham is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Montréal, QC. She thinks a lot about the politics of interpersonal relationships, private versus public spaces, and the navigation of feminine bodies. Graham is a graduate of NSCAD University (BFA, Interdisciplinary Major 2013) in Halifax, NS. Her work has been exhibited and featured in publications in both Canada and the United States.

http://www.eliseboudreaugraham.com/

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I’d Fuck You Right Here, Right Now But i’m Too Tired & You’re Too Depressed
printer paper, scotch tape
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ONCE AGAIN CONFUSED “EMPATHY” FOR “TAKING RESPONSIBILITY”
rug canvas, acrylic and wool yarn
title from WHY ARE YOU LONELY: A TEXT GAME written by Mallory Ortberg for the-toast.net
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I Have A Felling I’m Not The Only One
upholstery fabric, stuffing, nail decals, crazy glue.
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10 Successful Women Share Their Morning Routine
printer paper, USB stick, Clinique beauty balm cream, Bach Rescue Remedy tincture

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CONFUSED “SELF-CARE” WITH “SELF-INDULGENCE” AGAIN
essential oil diffuser, revitalizing diffuser blend (spearmint, lavender, lemon, eucalyptus, rosewood, cedarwood), USB cord, extension cord
title from WHY ARE YOU LONELY: A TEXT GAME written by Mallory Ortberg for the-toast.net

~ BAD SPORT ~
Publication Launch

A collection of feminist art and writing. Printed in colour, hand stitched with riso covers designed by Elise Boudreau Graham

Edited by Genevieve Flavelle
Contributors:
Ashley Bedet
Elise Boudreau Graham
Emily Davidson
Parker Dirks
M.G.
Tess Griebel
Samra Habib
Rubi Iniguez
Nicole Marcoux
Barbara Scheed
Shellie Zhang
Design by Ruth Skinner
Risograph cover designed by Elise Boudreau Graham

Purchase a copy of Bad Sport from Good Sport and DNA Artspace. Also available as a free pdf download here.

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