Born in Montreal, Sylvie Roussel-Janssens lives in British Colombia since 1980. She graduated with honours from Emily Carr College of Art in 1984, specializing in sculpture, and now lives in Chilliwack on the traditional and unseeded territory of the Stó: lō people. She shows frequently and obtained a Canada Art Council grant in 2001 for Sumas Lake: 22 Miles of Memories, an amphibian sculptural installation about Sumas Lake, a disappeared tidal lake in the Fraser valley. Her work shows her interests in history and the environment. Sylvie’s approach to sculpture is equally conceptual and based in the joy of the building process. She is pursuing her journey with textile while also experimenting with various materials, at the intersection of art, craft and design.
Her commitment to sustainability in making art is more important than ever. All her new work is made with recycled materials and repurposed projects. She believes in the value of repair.
Perhaps if we start with mending small things, we can have the courage to fix our broken world.