Regardless of the meaning and stages of life, nature is always a source of meditation, energy and spiritual nourishment. The strength and the silent trees inspire me, comfort me and give me vitality, stability and peace. Sometimes in front of the ugliness of our world, I dream of being a tree.
My professional involvement led me to consider other fields as a form of artistic expression. The movement and rhythm of the dancers have always drawn my attention, and they meet my vision of textile design. Contemporary dancers in action have inspired a series of scenes that I have photographed to be woven.
It is with my first creations using the new Jacquard technology that this influence appeared more tangible. In 1997, I realized around twenty textile works whose subject was the dance and in particular the movement, light and textiles present in choreographic works that I have chosen. The different choreographers and photographers that I contacted in order to complete this series and to obtain rights to use their images were excited about my project and allowed me to share with them and understand more about the work of the dancer and choreographer, for example.
Subsequently, I wanted to incorporate more of my own photographs, photographing taking an ever more important in my artistic research.
In 2002, I wanted to research more intensively on the effects of light and color in weaving – getting closer to the work of pointillism from Seurat. I first wove Indian Summer, then a few years later, I did a coloristic study whose subject was the study of light in different seasons: It’s winter, Spring, and At last, Summer completed the series.
After this series on the seasons, a new series called Coexistence was born. Being concerned with the necessary harmonious coexistence of nature, men and women, the built, and the artists, I wanted to make coexist in the same work pictures representing different components of our experience. Works, such as Réflexion, Energy, Light of the City, My Forest, my Cathedral, Solstice, have emerged.
In 2011, I combine this coexistence approach to make a new series on Montreal based contemporary dance companies. These works woven with integrated metal wires in warp and weft threads in order to obtain an effect of bas-relief when they are displayed in exhibitions.
My work entitled Le Dernier Déjeuner sur l’herbe achieved, in my humble opinion, the highest in the quest to integrate art to life. We find represented in one way or another the work of a choreographer (Fernand Naud), a photographer (Ronald Labelle), two artists (Da Vinci, Manet), an author (Dan Brown), not to mention the thirteen dancers, and finally my own work (photography, image processing and textile design). In this sense, this work serves as a summary of some of my experiences and is a manifesto for art, life, and integration.
The creative work to make this series was so motivated and inspired that it has made a small series of artworks was – in fact, three new works have emerged: Un grand questionnement, Tribute to Joseph-Marie and Leonardo and The Song of Songs . In their own way, they questioned my relationship with history, art and religion.
When I was invited to participate as an artist in the Biennal du lin de Portneuf in 2007, I proposed a monumental work installed in the church of Deschambault. The theme was Love one another. People from very different backgrounds from each other, are coupled in a natural or architectural scene. A musical score inspired by the poem, the Song of Songs, was added to the textile work during the presentation.
Since the beginning of my work, I developed a particular approach that combines computer-aided design and production and the theoretical principles of weave structures as they affect creation potential. Integral to this long and endless research, I developed a mastery of the interrelatedness of all elements of a textile design.
I am interested in the formal qualities of materials, the technological potential of the theories and equipment I use. I rely constantly on textiles themselves to discover new directions in order to refine, develop and explore the process. My textile work is, through the computer, an essay, an essay that allows me to articulate my creations which are physical, tactile and visual.
My sculptural weaving done with metal wiresare in sharp contrast with the warmth of my photographic works woven strictly with textile yarns and carried out on the jacquard loom. There is also a contrast between abstract and figurative “rendus”. A contrast bron in my passion for weaving.