It is from the interstices of the cracked concrete that emerges the work of Émilie B. Côté’s work. Urban furniture, designed for its practical qualities, crushes, covers and kills plant life. But what happens when plant life enters a breach, finds the vital minimum to reclaim its place? When moss and fungus eat away at and then win over the equipment of cities, the Témiscamingue-born artist sees it as an act of resilience, even resistance, perhaps the ultimate defiance of chlorophyll on steel beams. Indeed, the tension induced between human activity and flora, which can be seen on the crumbling ruins of abandoned or not so abandoned installations, becomes the epic theater of an unfair match, that of David against Goliath, where Émilie B. Côté plays the role of the slingshot.
Stone, clay, logs, the materials are raw, organic. They are borrowed from the territory so that they become the voice of their own cause. Rooted works, living, which shout their thirst of reconquest, which claim their immemorial right of access to the flowerbeds on that of the unsuitable flowers, annual.
– Text by Alexandre Castonguay