M Martine Bédard

Artist Statement & Biography

 

Artist Statement


I am a songwriter, a performer and an activist. I am also a mother, a musician and a rape survivor.  Consequently, my art has become my platform not only to purge myself, but also to sensitize and educate a society, which remains indifferent to the reality of survivors - a society that, by optingto reject fragility and difference deprives itself of great beauty, humanity and different strengths.

If humans are empathetic by nature, culture biases and beliefs get in the way of humans' ability to truly experience empathy - an unrelenting pressure towards us, survivors, trying to live up to social norms. Our worth is determined by our capacity to forget, to remain silent and live up to expectations until we reach the tipping point.

Should we not be celebrating the miracle of having surmounted the worst?  Are there not ways to live in peace with others with our diverse fragilities?


My ultimate aim is to raise awareness of stigmas through empathy building while articulating consciously the resistance between the experience of the victim and survivor and the ideal expectations of society and the media. Sharing my creative work, allows other rape survivors to reframe their excruciating realities in the most beautiful and significant musical and visual landscapes from rock to experimental.

This is my mission, this is my gift, this is my humble offering from the depths of my soul...

 

Biography

From classical music to Rock'n Roll and from religious faith to politics, throughout her life she has experienced the sheer beauty of music and its ability to communicate emotions, in tandem with its capacity to heal and also provoke social change.

 

She was born and raised in Montreal, a multicultural Canadian city recognized internationally for its vibrant music and arts' communities, an exquisite environment abundant in muses. Similarly, her life experiences are rich and diverge into distinct pathways.

On her first path, her passion for music was cultivated through her love of performing. A journey of enlightenment ensued where societal stigmas and gender biases had to be shattered in order for a female electric guitar player to participate.

 

While pursuing a modelling career and studying at university, she gave approximately one thousand concerts, produced albums, documentaries, soundtracks and trained her voice extensively with Bel Canto singing lessons. She acquires her first skills in MIDI sequencing and digital recording. She also has the opportunity to work with Canadian music artist Jane MacGarrigle and producer Glen Robinson. During that time, her alliance with music intensified, and her musicianship grew. 

 

On the second fork of the road and as a survivor of trauma, she was dedicated to her growing family and its bioclimatic engineering firm, while simultaneously acquiring skills in computer technology, digital art and sustainable development. She was also a Green Party of Canada candidate running for office in three federal elections and then subsequently appointed the Quebec Representative on the Federal Council, a group charged with advancing the federal agenda while addressing regional priorities.

 

 

Now on the most recent part of her journey, in January 2009, she enrolled with Berklee Online: studying, The Future of Music and the Music Business. Clearly this buoyed her self-confidence and awakened her desires. She is now achieving a Dual Bachelor Degree of Professional Studies in Music Business and Production and currently working on an interdisciplinary art project. while pursuing her adventure of activism through artivism in tandem with her own interpersonal healing from trauma. Her approach will remain committed and intimately related to her experiential reality.Now on the  most recent part of her  journey, in January 2009, she enrolled with Berklee Online: studying, The Future of Music and the Music Business. Clearly this buoyed her self-confidence and awakened her desires. She is now achieving a Dual Bachelor Degree of Professional Studies in Music Business and Production and currently working on an interdisciplinary art project. while pursuing her adventure of activism through artivism in tandem with her own interpersonal healing from trauma.


Her approach will remain committed and intimately related to her experiential reality.

 

Inspired by Picasso own words...

"Her art is the lie that will make you empathetic."