Wakefield School Resident Artist, 1998
cj fleury is a multi media artist who is interested in opening up the creative process by engaging the viewer in the acts of imagining and making art well before the 'viewing phase' begins. This approach involves the individuals, community or workers around a particular site in various stages of permanent public art or temporary installations.
Besides large scale exterior sculptures in Ottawa, Gatineau and the Abitibi regions, other collaborative commissions have been completed for The Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women in Sport, The Ottawa and District Labour Council, MDS Nordion, The National Capital Commission and The National Arts Centre.
Her projects have dealt with a diverse range of communities and situations such as The Women's Monument Against Violence and the year-long artist's residency at Ottawa's new Municipal Workshops. During her residency there, over one hundred employees, normally responsible for the maintenance of city buildings, vehicles and equipment shared in all the complex stages of creating a large steel sculpture for their new entry plaza. Numerous articles and three video documentaries on this first-of-its-kind project have been produced by CBC, WTN, and the City of Ottawa Art In Public Places Program.
cj has been invited to speak about her work at the National Conference of The Women's Caucus for Art [US], The School for Studies in Art and Architecture at Carleton University, The University of Québec in Montréal and through the Arts Development Group of the Ontario Arts Council .