Jennifer Latour was born in Seven Islands, Quebec, and now works and lives in Vancouver, BC.
She is a self-taught artist who has worked internationally in special effects makeup for film and
television since 2003 and began practicing photography in 2006. Her love for photography,
cinema, sculpture, and creating characters runs through all her work, and has heavily influenced
her Bound Species series.
In an era of AI and sophisticated digital tools, one of the most impressive elements of Jennifer’s
practice is that each species is created by hand. Temporary organic sculptures which she then
photographs either in her studio or sometimes even releasing her creations back into the wild.
Bound Species draws comparisons to the work of past masters such as Karl Blossfeldt whose
early depictions of locally found specimens continue to inspire artists and designers around the
world, celebrating nature’s patterns, structures and intricate beauty. Also more contemporary
conceptual artists like Joan Fontcuberta whose playful interventions and creations with wildlife
and fauna explore similar themes.
Jennifer Latour began creating her species in her studio during the first lockdown back in 2020.
She uses her skills as a special effects makeup artist to construct ‘new species’ of plants from
locally sourced fresh flowers and plants. Each piece is its own delicate and surreal creature, a
beautiful Frankenstein of sorts.
While each piece has a unique character and stands on its own, the series as a whole is
evocative of the interconnectedness found in nature, and serves as a reminder that all creatures
are bound simultaneously by both their similarities and their differences.