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Abstract

My interest in this cross-over between art and science, specifically, the body and supportive technologies, has lead me to mixed media and installations where I can examine degeneration and a “new” generation using a combination of conventional and unconventional materials. Unlike re-generation, which is a return to an original state, “new” generation gives way to new arrangements.

Author/Artist Bio

Alice Marie Perreault was born, the middle of five children, in Rochester, New York. After high school, she took classes at Rochester Institute of Technology. From the recommendation of one of her professors, she transferred credits and relocated to Northern California where she studied at California College of Arts and was greatly influenced by Bay Area Figurative Painting. In her final semester, she was teaching art classes and working as an illustrator and graphic designer. She graduated with distinction and the equivalent of a triple major. After graduation, Perreault married and relocated to Chicago where she lived in Lincoln Park for a year before moving to Oceanside, California. There, she taught studio arts for Mira Costa and Palomar Colleges. When her husband accepted a job- relocation to Salt Lake City, Perreault followed. Soon after, her older sister who lived with Down Syndrome, came under her permanent care. Perreault returned to school and earned an MFA from the University of Utah where she was granted the Gittins Fellowship award, the highest award the School of Arts gifts to one graduating student each year. Overlapping with this, Perreault worked as Curator of Education at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, known then as the Salt Lake Art Center and then was hired with the Utah Arts Council to work in the visual arts program. Following graduation, Perreault taught art at Weber State University, Westminster College, and the University of Utah. During the birth of her first child, the infant suffered a debilitating brain injury. The experience impacted Perreault’s studio work as she became intensely interested in neurology, stem cells and the mechanisms behind neuronal injury and plasticity. Her close-knit relationships with her son and her sister, who were both living with disabilities, gave rise to a non-profit art studio Perreault founded where she paired children living with disabilities with children living without disabilities. Through the studio, Perreault subcontracted artists working in various genres to work with participants and installed shows and presentations throughout the community. For this work, she was granted a Governor’s Award in the Arts. When her marriage ended, Perreault returned to California and entered Claremont Graduate University’s MFA program where her work expanded to include mixed media, sculpture and installation. She attributes CGU with providing necessary conversations that honed her artistic investigations. Perreault’s artwork has primarily been exhibited in the non-profit sector where, she feels it is best fitted. She is currently living in Los Angeles County with her son and daughter. View Perreault’s artwork on Instagram at Aligator_purrrs and on her website at alicemarieperreault.com where she maintains a professional blog.

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