Raised in a northern Franco-Ontarian community of Canada, Lise Beaudry comes from a tradition of leisure activities such as fishing (including ice fishing), camping, family gathering, and traveling. Her practice stems from these experiences and consists of an investigation of various sites where an ‘art of living’ is practiced. In her research, Beaudry draws from Michel de Certeau’s studies on popular culture and ‘ordinary’ people and their practice of the everyday; the inventive and daily strategies that some develop into what he calls an ‘art of living.’
Since 2006, Beaudry has been gathering material that has been the source for the project La pêche blanche, an interdisciplinary project consisting of a series of photographs accompanied by a sculptural, audio and video installation. She recently discovered the community of Azilda, home of a unique ice fishing community. Unique to this cluster of huts set on the expansive landscape of Whitewater Lake, is the number of idiosyncratic shelters constructed out of recycled vehicles or camping trailers. These structures are gathered together and resemble a sculpture garden on ice.