Valérie Chartrand’s practice focuses on the loss of biodiversity and reduction in arthropod populations due to climate change and human interference in their life cycles. She explores the decline in species primarily through imprint techniques using found insects and non-toxic materials. Research, process and experimentation are at the core of her practice. Materiality is an important consideration as she selects materials and techniques based on their characteristics and relation to the explorations she is pursuing.
Valérie has participated in several artist residencies and group exhibitions. Her first solo exhibition Ghost Hives took place at La Maison des artistes in Winnipeg in 2017 followed by Colony Portraits and the Last Supper at the University of Manitoba Science Library in 2018. She is currently working on completing her MFA in visual arts through Emily Carr University of Art and Design.