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In the Gallery

DeLights featuring Sylvie Roussel-Janssens

May 26 to July 7, 2017 in the Chilliwack Community Arts Council’s Art Room Gallery

Artist Meet & Greet: Friday, June 2, 2017 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Illuminate the imagination with the Chilliwack Community Arts Council and DeLights, a showcase of flavours in light sculptures by Sylvie Roussel-Janssens. On display May 26 to July 7, 2017, this incandescent exhibition will feature window panels and light boxes created with her unique combination of textile and welded wire work.

Originally from Montreal, Quebec, Chilliwack-based artist, Sylvie Roussel-Janssens, has called British Columbia home since 1980. As an honours graduate of Emily Carr College of Art with specialization in sculpture, Roussel-Janssens has continued to pursue her journey with light sculpture, at the intersection of art, craft, and design. She exhibits her work frequently and is a 2001 recipient of a Canada Council Award for her sculptural installations.

With each sculpture she creates, Roussel-Janssens employs a unique artistic approach which blends the conceptual with a sense of joy derived from the building process. Although her work ultimately takes on one of three forms: sculptural installations, light boxes with integrated lighting, or window panels, they all incorporate welded wire and fabric construction techniques. Known as “fabric burning” this signature technique utilizes a soldering iron on synthetic fabric to burn small holes through the surface, obtaining multi-layered, complex images. Pieces are enhanced with appliqué of acetate photocopies of images and text.

Combining elements of man-made materials with natural imagery of flora and fauna found in the varied landscapes of the Fraser Valley and beyond, Roussel-Janssens pieces create a dialogue about our natural surroundings, both past and present. Her work references current environmental issues and addresses the interconnectivity of all life forms, through the use of tactile materials, rich colours, and kinetic lines.

To learn more about Sylvie Roussel-Janssens, please visit her website:

To gain a glimpse into the fascinating process use to create these featured pieces, visit the video links below:
(video credit: Brunella Battista)

Lightboxes (“How to See Deer” only)

Lightboxes (Full clip)



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