Conversation is a collective of two francophone artists, Sabine Lecorre-Moore and Patricia Lortie, who have been working in Mohkinstsis/Calgary for over 30 years. While their roots originate in France and Quebec, their years living in Alberta tie them to that land. As the collective Conversation they have created several projects, the most important of which is the installation, Vital Lines, designed specifically for the Leighton Art Centre, an art foundation located in the foothills of Alberta. Separately, they work in cultural mediation with school groups and various francophone and anglophone organizations. They have both also maintained a personal art practice for over 25 years.
Territories of Dreams, produced by the Conversation Collective, is a temporary and participatory art installation rooted in nature. Artists Patricia Lortie and Sabine Lecorre-Moore selected a crocheted tapestry made by a group of retirees in Calgary to tie together the dreams of Alberta’s Francophone, Indigenous and Anglophone communities.
Traveling from the north to the south of the province, they visited five schools where they gave fabric writing workshops, during which they collected the dreams of the students, as well as artistic workshops inspired by the works of Jean Paul Riopelle. In response to the Riopelle Foundation’s call to “go towards nature”, the members of the collective installed the completed tapestry on a structure made from tree trunks.
The work will be exhibited throughout the summer in the sculpture park at Calgary’s Kiyooka Ohe Arts Centre (KOAC), a public space that combines art and nature. In this enchanting setting, the Conversation Collective and the KOAC invite Albertans to complete the Territories of Dreams installation by adding their own dreams to it.
Realized within the framework of the centenary
The creation of the Foundation was inspired by the dream of Jean Paul Riopelle, who wished to pass on his passion for art, his vision and inspire the next generation of artists to explore, innovate and surpass their creative potential.