Vital Lines is a land-based installation conceived by Calgary francophone artists Sabine Lecorre-Moore and Patricia Lortie, who together form the artistic duo known as Conversation. They have designed this interactive installation specifically for the Leighton Art Centre landscape, creating an artwork that offers a receptive site where visitors can rest their dreams, wishes and affirmations for their lives. The community is invited to contribute to the Vital Lines tapestry by weaving ribbons into the original structure. Not only will doing so pay homage to Barbara Leighton’s art practice, it will also allow the artwork to evolve in form and meaning over its five-month lifespan.
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The artistic duo Conversation is composed of multidisciplinary artists Sabine Lecorre-Moore and Patricia Lortie. They met ten years ago over coffee and began the first of many conversations about art and life. Lecorre-Moore and Lortie share numerous experiences and values such as motherhood, moving away from they birthplace to live and work in Alberta; they also have in common their roots in the francophone culture and their passion for art. Over the years, they’ve discovered that their unique personal and professional skills complement each other.
The duo’s collaboration began informally. They organised art exhibitions and art events such as Dans mon studio, an annual open studio of francophone artists across Alberta. Both artists believe in the importance of working with their community. They volunteer in arts organizations such as the RAFA (Regroupement artistique francophone de l’Alberta), the Esker Foundation, the Leighton Centre and the Legislative Assembly of Alberta.
The first collaborative effort of Lecorre-Moore and Lortie is a painting collection called Conversation. The project is an exchange between the two artists where they finished each other’s paintings. This exercise has allowed their collaboration to grow organically. They are also working as a team on a number of community art projects such as Les Grosse Têtes with the Centre d’arts visuels de l’Alberta and Portrait Communautaire with the Association canadienne-française de l’Alberta.
This year, they proposed an interactive outdoor installation to the Leighton Art Center (LAC). The project, titled Vital Lines, was selected through the LAC’s annual application and jury process. This large scale installation will be on display from Spring to Fall of 2019.
Over the years, Lecorre-Moore and Lortie have always conversed with ease and openness thus it became logical for them to name their artistic duo Conversation. Both individually and through Conversation, they have successfully created and delivered a large number of art projects. The duo's passion to create fuels the drive to embrace new artistic endeavors. An so the Conversation continues...