Gabrielle de Montmollin began her career in television and film before switching her interest to still photography. For many years she worked exclusively with black and white film photographing throwaway plastic toys and dolls arranged in constructed, fantasy settings. She developed darkroom manipulations using extreme bleaching and painting and drawing on paper negatives. Since realizing that digital photography did not provide her with the same creative possibilities she has been working with mixed media blending painting, drawing and montage elements with digital prints.
“My art is based on imagination; I am interested in telling stories, play and mystery,” she writes in her artist statement. At times, in addition to her personal imaginings she works to find visual expression for her feelings about social justice issues and politics.
Gabrielle de Montmollin has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Canada, the United States, Belgium, Italy, France and The Netherlands. She is a member of The RED HEAD GALLERY, an artists' collective in Toronto, where she exhibited Stephen Harper Hates Me in May, 2013 and Imaginary Friends in February, 2015.