Gabrielle de Montmollin


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.

curriculum vitae
All the world's a stage: Montmollin's Dreams, Delusions, and Other Traffic Circles by Bart Gazzola, 2019
Art is Hell by Ann Ireland, 2018
Art is Hell in Welland by Bart Gazzola, 2017
Gabrielle de Montmollin's Imaginary Friends by Ashley Johnson, 2015
Review of Stephen Harper Hates Me by Leanne Unruh, 2013
The Fantastic, Fearless and Furious World of Gabrielle de Montmollin by Susan Swan, 2013
artist statement, 2009
Manual Labour: The Photography of Gabrielle de Montmollin by Alison Kenzie, 2006
The Dolls of Gabrielle de Montmollin by Roberto Roda, 2006
Photographs of Gabrielle de Montmollin by Ned Richardson-Little, 2004
interview with tomas, 2002
Secret Lives, an essay by Kate Regan, 1996