Public Artwork


Lorraine Oades, Sewing, 1997
Lorraine Oades, Sewing, 1997
4005 Notre-Dame street west, Montréal, QC, Canada
Artwork creator(s): 
Oades, Lorraine
Text author(s): 
Roy, Gabrielle
Installation year: 
Remarks on location: 

The performance took place in the window of unoccupied commercial premises.


Every day, the artist embroidered on a piece of cloth a significant sentence from one of the 32 chapters of the French and English versions of the novel Bonheur d'occasion by Gabrielle Roy. After, the colored strips of cloth were hung to the wall. An audiotape of the novel being read was played in a loop.

Text of the artwork: 

Bonheur d'occasion

Text theme: 
Quebec literature
Artwork theme: 
Text reference: 

Bonheur d'occasion

Roy, Gabrielle (1945).  Bonheur d'occasion. Montréal : Boréal, p. 413

The performance took place from August 29 to October 5, 1997, Monday to Saturday, between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Event: Sur l’expérience de la ville : intervention en milieu urbain

Event date(s): 

The event was organized by the Centre d'art contemporain Optica. The commissioners were Marie Fraser, Diane Gougeon and Marie Perrault.


Le cas Optica

Baillargeon, Stéphane (1997).  Le cas Optica. Le Devoir. (16 octobre), p. B8

Sur l’expérience de la ville : interventions en milieu urbain

Fraser, Marie, Marie Perrault, Mary Jane Jacob (1999).  Sur l’expérience de la ville : interventions en milieu urbain. Montréal : Éditions Optica