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Question 8: How do you approach the creation of a new work? Do you have a specific method or way of initiating the process?
Well, this can vary because there are often times when it can be a political reaction to things like… It can simply be a sort of series based on nature, or on certain things that come from inside me. I’m not in outer space, in other words, what I like to establish is why I’m doing the work. Is it a work that will be displayed in galleries? Is it a work that I was asked to do? I try to do the least amount of commissioned works possible. Although I have made about forty works of art that were placed in public areas and things like that. It’s understood that in these cases, you’re not always free to do what you want. I’ve always tried to convince the people responsible for the commission to approve works that are as contemporary as possible. So it’s somewhat difficult for me to explain a single method. Most of the time for example, there’s a certain amount of planning; sometimes I only make small sketches. Presently there’s the Deportation… and I’m doing historical works, because it’s more likely that Acadians would get to do them. It’s good to know the past but it’s the present that always occupies me, I mean the present is what’s important. So I now have a piece that is going to have the past and the present. I think the present will be Wilfred (chuckles). At any rate, they’re works in progress. To answer the same question. I have all kinds of materials that I didn’t use in previous projects. And those materials, by their sheer existence, create challenges and problems for me. So as we say “problem solving”, I try not to let those materials go to waste. The only thing I lament is that I don’t have the time to do everything. As I often say, it would take many, many lifetimes to get to the end of this obsession.