Artist Statement 2019
My work strives to document the world around me. Foremost I am interested in examining the interrelationship of wealth, power and democracy. To do this, I pull my information from books, articles, and data. Which brings me to wonder about the creation of a spatial expression through sculpture.
My research revolves around geopolitics. I look at how vice seems to be presented and perceived as a virtue with greed for the heart of our global economy. And the resulting repercussions that always reach the mass first. With some tools, our leaders can keep strict and insidious control over their electors, such as propaganda and especially sociology. One of the first sociologists; Gustave Le Bon inspired Mussolini, Hitler, and Lenin with his studies on crowd psychology. He explains that the logical individual is erased by the emotional mass, which reacts to images, contradictions and especially to hatred.
Before creating a political sculpture, I take from all possible sources until saturation. Once I have some inspiring information, I start visualizing the project. I wonder about each element present: their reason for being, their color, their shape, and their weight. All to make sure that the work is consistent, but also visually captivating. I do not let my first ideas take over, I let the work breathe and evolve over time.
I like creating engaging pieces that lead to reflection. Moreover, I am inspired by the career of Jacques Louis David and his works as a guide, and thus, to conceive a work that represents the mass, via the current popular revolutions, across the globe. There is a wind of global change to live and to create.
2018 Bachelor in Sculpture, Concordia University, Montréal, QC
2013 Collegial diploma in Fine Arts, Cégep-du-vieux-Montréal, Montréal, QC
2018 All that we Used to Be, Concordia University, Montréal, QC
2015 D.artIS, Luan bar, Montréal, QC
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2019 Biennal la valeur de l'art, Cégep-du-Vieux-Montréal, Montréal, QC
2018 Ensemble, Estern Bloc, Montréal, QC
2018 Bronze Showcase, Concordia University, Montréal, QC
2016 Effervescence, Usine 106u, Montréal, QC
2016 Renaissance, Usine 106u, Montréal, QC
2016 Art Battle 358, Matahari Loft, Montréal, QC
2016 Threshold II, Concordia University, Montréal, QC
2013 Graduation exhibition, Cégep-du-Vieux-Montréal, Montréal, QC
2018 A.I.1, Batimat, Montréal, QC
2018 Module 1, 2 & 3, Ex-Sculptura, Le Chemin Vert, Montréal, QC
SELECTED PRESS REVIEWS AND CATALOGS
2019 Magazine In Situ, Chantal l’Heureux, Une biennale rassembleuse au Cégep-du-Vieux-Montréal
AWARDS AND GRANTS
2018 Project Financing, CSU Special Funding
2017 Project Financing, FASA Large Grant for Special Project
2017 Grant, The New Millennium Student Contribution Bursary
2019 Pourquoi Jamais, Non-Profit Organisation, Administrative Committee
2018 Technician Visual Art & Presentation Design , Cégep-du-Vieux-Montréal, Montréal, QC
2018 Assistant Doctor Dominique Valade