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Question 19: Which of your pieces are you most satisfied with, and why is that so?
As to which pieces bring me the most satisfaction, it’s somewhat the same as asking which child in my family I like best. So it’s hard to answer. If I agree to show a piece, to exhibit it, it means that I’m satisfied with it for some reason or other, it is satisfactory to me. Now it’s true that I may consider some pieces to be stronger than others, and I can name you some, at random. Well I’ll start from the end. Secrets de Varnes, I’m pretty satisfied with having created that installation, which is simple but eloquent, I feel, and speaks to lot of people, not only to Acadians, but to anyone who has had to struggle in life to survive and grow. I had meetings during the process of creating the work that were truly enriching. Apprendre also stimulates reflection, and I feel that I love this piece, it gets to you and it’s intriguing. Hommage à Euclide C pays homage to a neighbour of ours who rescued my father from drowning. This is a work that demanded… it was a very long process to create it, and in the end I was very satisfied to have brought it into the world, you know. There’s Fort comme la vie that I feel expresses simply what it has to say yet is not dull, so I’m very happy with it. Another is Danser sa liberté that was exhibited in a space where it could have easily been overlooked, but it managed to be awarded a gold medal, so I’ve remained quite attached to that one because I feel it really reaches out to people, that it has quite a special sensibility. There’s Racine déracinée that refers to my heritage according to several points of view and I think that it is quite imposing and interesting. I like that piece a lot. I could name several more. But one that I should not fail to mention is my first stone sculpture, the one I made in 1969 at the Beaux-Arts, a piece that I’m still very satisfied with. It remains as the moment that I first recognized a form that belonged to me, that had come forth from me.