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Question 14: Why do you continue to live in Atlantic Canada instead of moving to an area that affords a larger distribution network for your art?
Well it’s because I lived for quite a while in Vancouver. I found that it was hard, because I worked at a job 40 hours a week and was too tired to create art. So that was disruptive, and it wasn’t easy because everything is so expensive. Living in Baie Sainte-Marie, I stay in a little cabin near the sea, I don’t have any rent to pay, and this allows me to create more pieces. But it’s freezing in the winter, and it’s not easy to find jobs. But I feel that living in this community is something important for me right now, for making art. However it’s really difficult to get your work shown, because you’re in a remote area, you’re hidden, nobody sees you, nobody knows you, so that side of it is really difficult. I don’t know how to deal with that issue. Maybe I should go out and try to distribute the works of art. There’s quite a lot of support in Acadie as well, because we are Acadians, so we get support from centres like Moncton, so that’s good. But still it’s isolated, so I don’t really know. As I said, one day it’s great. and the next you think, I’m so well hidden that nobody is ever going to see me…