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Katherine Knight

Katherine Knight: Le Cercueil, 2001, Giclée photograph, 1/5, 41 x 53" framed

Image taken in Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, Quebec

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Le cercueil, 2001
Katherine Knight

I was invited to participate at an artist residency at Centre Est Nord Est in 2001 as part of a Mois de la Photo project in 2001

My only task was to make some photographs. I spent most days absorbed in daylong mystery trips by car east along the St Lawrence shore. I was looking for an image that came alive for me. I came away from the residency with 2 images. One was a "find," a rowboat with a wonderful pirate flag moored close to the shore in a close by community. I activated that image by throwing a rock to create a giant ripple in the empty foreground. That experience primed me for photo #2, "Le cercueil." I arrived back to Centre Est Nord Est after a day of photographing and found Natalie La Fortune, an administrator at the centre, excited by a rare find. A local coffin factory was closing down and Natalie had saved this wonderful coffin for me complete with torn padding spilling straw. I added Styrofoam to its bottom and moored it on the rocks next to the Saint Lawrence right outside my rental cottage. When the tide came up, my coffin floated. Le cercueil floats on the Saint Lawrence suspended in time. It reminds me of the liminal and unspecified time that saturates Claude Jutra’s 1963 film, "À tout prendre."

Le cercueil was installed on the exterior wall of the Marche Bonsecours, a site that was dear to me through my early work on Marguerite Bourgeoys, founder of the Congregation Notre Dame and of the chapel Bonsecours.