Biography of Ghislaine McLaughlin
Ghislaine McLaughlin was born in 1949 in Longueuil, Quebec. She first studied at the Institut des arts appliqués de Montréal (1967). During the 1970s, she conducted her own research and experimented with drawing, ceramics and batik. In 1983, she moved to Moncton, New Brunswick, and studied at the Université de Moncton where she completed a Bachelor’s degree in visual arts (1990). That year, she also participated in a workshop on intaglio engraving given by artist Pavel Skalnik.
An active participant in the development and promotion of visual arts in the Moncton area, McLaughlin was a member of the Imago Printshop and Galerie Sans Nom, both in the Aberdeen Cultural Centre, and of Struts Gallery, in Sackville, New Brunswick. She held the position of Secretary of the Board at Imago Printshop, Chair of the Board of Directors of Galerie Sans Nom and also served as Galerie Sans Nom’s Executive Director. In 1989, she was part of a research project on the visual arts in Acadia since the 1950s. She was also Public Relations Officer in charge of promoting the National Conference and Annual General Meeting of ANPAC/RACA (1992), an association of non-profit artists’ centres, under the theme of contemporary art in Canada at the close of the 20th century.
In 1990, she launched a private gallery, McLaughlin Objets d’Art, which focused on New Brunswick contemporary art and provided artists with an additional exhibition venue.
Since 1988, she has been featured in 25 exhibitions. Nearly half of them were solo ventures, including Tétralogie 4X4 at Galerie Sans Nom (1991), an exploration of the warlike nature of our culture, Warship/Worship at Gallery ConneXion, in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Brides and Types at the Galerie d’art of the Université de Moncton (1996), Bagatelle at Struts Gallery in Sackville, New Brunswick (1997), and Vent d’anges at Galerie 12, in the Aberdeen Cultural Centre (1997). The group shows in which she was a participant included, notably, Images of Our Time and Place: Art of Atlantic Canada, organized by the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, in Fredericton (1995) and Quinze x quinze, organized by Galerie Sans Nom to celebrate its 15th anniversary (1996).
Her works are part of the collection of the Fédération des Caisses populaires acadiennes, the Art Bank of Canada, the New Brunswick Art Bank, the Galerie d’art Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen of the Université de Moncton and the Beaverbrook Art Gallery.