Working with various media, Jessica Arseneau investigates systems of representation and their interactions with human activity. The communication faculty of an urban landscape, the use and emergence of stock images, architecture of places and gestures of the human body are revealed as spheres of research or as a medium. Sought is the fine line between the documented and the fiction, which possibly is an extension of reality. If human activities often operate in a narrative structure or are conducted by a reifying force, it happens within a set of representation and transforms the social, the historical and the imaginary landscapes. In her work, the body, human or non-human, enters in interruption with a place and an image scenery. The document of performance becomes a video or a photograph in order to excerpt the fictive.
Arseneau received a BA of Fine Arts at the Université de Moncton (2011) and currently pursue a Diploma at the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig. She received the Imago Bursary in 2011. In 2017, the Sheila Mackay Advanced Studies Scholarship and a Grant from the Society of Friends of the International Summer Academy of Fine Arts in Salzburg. Public presentations of she work occurred in particular at Darling Foundry (Montreal), BronxArtSpace (New York), Galerie d’art Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen (Moncton), Janaklees for Visual Arts (Alexandria), Traverse Vidéo (Toulouse), HGB Galerie (Leipzig), Gallery 301 (Seoul) and Agora Collective (Berlin).