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Question 6: Have you used a number of different media? If so, how did you come to specialize in the media that you currently favour?
In visual arts I had started out in ceramics. With my brother, we opened a ceramics studio, but we weren’t in the right area at the time. What it is, you’re just out of university, you’re in Moncton, there’s a pool of buyers, an energy level that you don’t have when you go back to the Northwest of the province. When we returned home, we found out there weren’t many buyers, and that the level of art was different. People wanted utilitarian or decorative objects. Something too far out, don’t scare them like that. So I dropped ceramics and did some painting for a while. I had graduated with a concentration in painting as well. Since then, my medium has been mostly recycled materials, as much for my iron objects, my sculptural work, as for my painted work. My most recent pictorial project, Politiquement incorrects, was also with recovered materials. It just worked out that way. I’m not saying I’ll do this all my life. I just go along with what I find inspiring, and it so happens that the materials I found really spoke to me and I made something out of them. My process in animation is much different. In that field my medium is drawings on paper at the moment. At the beginning I worked with drawings on acetate, a technique that was very popular, but no one does it now, it’s disappearing. I haven’t really accessed computer animation, I find that the medium is too costly. If you don’t own a company, given that everything changes so very fast, I don’t see the benefit of getting involved in that just now. Besides, I don’t enjoy looking at the visual output from computers. I can see every little dot in it, the pixels, and I find it supremely annoying. A lot of people don’t notice them, but the lines, made of dots… I prefer the stroke of the brush or the pencil. And another thing, it costs less to do it by hand. I also have a literary side to my work. What’s funny is that my literary ventures are also based on recycling and transformation, because they are traditional tales retold, that I’ve transformed, adapted to modern times. So that work seems to loop back to my work in visual arts.