Born in 1955 in southern France, Martine Birobent has since moved to the bohemian Canadian and Montreal district of Plateau Mont-Royal, where she occupies a mosaic covered studio in an alleyway. She has mainly been active in Montreal, participating in many solo and group exhibitions, working live on TV or building art-cars. She paints, sculpts resin constructions on recycled materials structures, she also does textile and knitted works.
Birobent is extremely difficult to corner. She is part of a non-academic new generation of outsiders, sometimes attracted by pop surrealism. She has a very strong signature, one of a women artist in her fifties, having worked in poor surroundings elementary schools a large part of her life, and reacting to our world in a very unique bitter-sweet way.
She is now involved full time in art, installation and performances and has turned herself to the Web and international art fairs to gain more attention. Her current body of work, the “Muzzled Dolls”, is a compulsive dive into crochet, improvising infinite variations on the theme of mouth shut women and kids.
« I’ve stopped smoking again and I’m rebuilding myself one knot at the time, slowly, painfully. 50 knots for 19 puffs. My lips are sealed and my fingers sore. I’m filling this emptiness and addiction giving birth to new born burning babies and fighting womens trapped in their own web. I’m seeking to give them out trough International adoption. Help me ! Help them ! »
The Muzzled Dolls shown on this website have been shown at « Contemporary Istanbul 2009 » and « Affordable Art Fair New York 2010 » and are part of a series of more than fifty wild Muzzled Dolls produced by Martine Birobent in 2009-2010.