“My work relates with bringing the unconscious conscious because everything I do comes from visions, dreams and travels through the unknown,”
What was the first artwork you felt was your first organically “completed” piece? What did sensation did this give you?
I think none of my paintings can really be considered as completed because it’s hard to stop paint and know for sure when it’s over. I feel my paintings are in a way crystallized in a moment that I consider complete but it can always change, sometimes I retouch paintings that I did a few years back. There’s one painting I feel is really completed: it’s called Autoportrait. It took me six weeks to create. I saw the whole process of my personal quest to reach a higher level of mindfulness. At the beginning, I was painting clouds, sea, things I’m comfortable with. Then I added a cosmic layer to it, I was happy it started to look like what I pictured in my mind. I added the two nautilus (right and left corner) I had to restart a lot of times to create the effect I was looking for. Nautilus are symbols of the golden number and perfection of nature. My eyes are in love with the shape of it. The more I painted the more I felt disconnected with my creation which is not good. I started to feel I wouldn’t be able to finish it. Then I took some time to think, go deep into my mind and understand what was going on. I finally saw my fears: I was afraid to let myself go completely. I had to take my painting a step further, add some weirdness to it, add life, add my guts to it. So I put some really loud music on, to immerse myself in a sound cocoon, then everything became clear. I let myself go and added the floating body shape, the colors flourishing in the center, representing my inner self finally connected to my mind and heart. I thought I was done but a friend saw it and I knew he was thinking that something was missing. So I became filled with a creative rage and I let go once more, I added golden lines, surrounding some shapes and clouds. To me, it represented the invisible substance that connects us all, what we’re all made of and makes us One. It was a long journey into my mind.
Richard Wagner is quoted saying that the purpose of art is making the unconscious conscious. What do you think of this statement and in what ways do you try to go after it -if you do- with your work?
I totally agree with Wagner. My work is inspired by dreams, subconscious and cosmic vibes. I think dreams are directly coming from the unconscious, containing clues of who we truly are, we can use them to know ourselves better and when we do so, magic happens: we learn to overcome our fears, we are becoming honest with ourselves, the more we know about the self the more our interactions with others are harmonious. I create to express myself and help others be in touch with their higher self and find ways to overcome their fears and negative behaviors so that we live in a more positively connected world. My relationship with my the unconscious is like the one a surfer has with the sea. I’m surfing the waves of my reflexions, ideas and thoughts trying to see the shapes, the best ways to approach them and let myself slide on them leaving the useless ones behind and being grateful for the ones that are taking me further. I do a lot of meditation trying to visualize the obstacles I have to overcome, modeling my future, opening the doors of my mind, accessing information about Life itself, the Universe. I’m trying to use my mind to connect with inspirational souls, calling them to me so that we can share positive vibes. My work relates with bringing the unconscious conscious because everything I do comes from visions, dreams and travels through the unknown, they are different instances contained in my mind, interacting with each other nourishing each other and then they’re filtered by the heart.
Your work hinges on imagination, dreaming, space and the intangible. What is your personal relationship with these themes? A recurrent dream of yours??
I think dreams are containing clues of who we truly are, we can use them to know ourselves better and when we do so, magic happens: we learn to overcome our fears, we are becoming honest with ourselves, the more we know about the self the more our interactions with others are harmonious. I create to express myself and help others be in touch with their higher self and find ways to overcome their fears and negative behaviors so that we live in a more positively connected world. Space is a theme that I use to enforce this representation of a connected world, we’re all part of the universe and seeing things that we don’t often see like stars, planets, all the intangible elements put us in a reflexion about our own place in the universe, it allows us to ask ourselves: what can I give to this world? I once had a recurrent dream when I was little, it was a man on a white horse entering a cave hidden by waves of the sea. The more I was dreaming about it, the more the man on the horse would go further in the cave. It was always so beautiful, with shells and precious stones on the walls, reflecting lights all around the cave. It looked like stars. There was a strange feeling in this dream, between fear and fascination. I never knew what was hidden at the end of the cave but it inspired me in a lot of my works.
You are a multidisciplinary artist, going back and forth from painting to photographs, sculptures, and immersive installations. What does a means give you that it other doesn’t and vice-versa?
Exploring different ways to express myself gives me the opportunity to create a whole universe filled with my own visions of the world I’m living in. I can reproduce my dreams in this reality. During the past few years, I really felt the need to explore a lot of mediums, it’s like a spider building a web, there’s a center but also a whole network around going in different directions but always oriented to the center. That’s how I see my way of being multidisciplinary. Each medium helps me express something that I need to transcend at the right moment, I never get bored to create because there are so many ways to make something.
How would you describe the process of crystallizing something as intangible as dreams and the unconscious, on a surface as tangible as a canvas?
It’s a hard and easy process at the same time. My mind can transcend thoughts, materialize them into ”real life”. But I have to train my mind so it won’t get lost and overwhelmed by social pressure, false scenarios created by anxiety and stress. Creativity helped me to stop being the ghost of myself and really embrace my mind at last so when I’m trying to represent a dream or an unconscious vision, I have to let it come to the consciousness state first. An idea can stay in my mind for a long time, I’m painting it in my head before putting it on a canvas, so when I arrive at the step of letting it out, it becomes easy because I painted it hundred of times in my mind. The trick is that the idea I painted in my mind can sometimes hardly live in this reality so I have to modify it to translate it on the surface in a more comprehensible way, that’s when hazard and the unexpected come to help me. I let myself go with the flow.
Who is the artist that according to you has most well represented the unconscious and imagination universe in his artworks? In what way?
Dali is one of the most inspiring artists for me regarding the representation of the unconscious, he was also representing his dreams and visions in such a free way, representing everything that comes to his mind, he was always saying that most of the time he didn’t even understand what he was painting and that was the beauty of it.
A living artist you want to give a shout out to? Why her/him?
Alex Coma is a Montreal artist that I admire. He paints things to help us be in touch with our higher self, letting go of our Ego. Alex’s paintings become spiritual guides in a certain way, they make us question our relationship with our own consciousness and unconscious.
What is the main technique you use to create your paintings?
I’m using acrylic paint to create but I also like to introduce new things to my paintings. Using sometimes elements of nature and integrating into some pieces, they’re hidden like secrets of the canvas.
Next and upcoming projects?
I’m working on an exhibition inspired by the art residency I went to in january, I spent a month in the jungle inside an eco-village. It was so inspiring, I want to share my insights with the public. I’m also planning to travel to Bali, live a more relaxed life without the pressure of society. I want to create in this environment and see what it will trigger in my subconscious.
Thanks for your time! Want to add anything?
Thank you so much for your interest in my work!
Everyone is able to create, just let yourself go and be free from your own fears!