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Question 15: What motivates you to pursue a career as an artist? Why make art?

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Well I think making art is very pleasant. It’s something very satisfying, somehow, at the human level. It’s something that allows a connection with consciousness, a connection with beauty, a connection with memory. Because it’s certain that 100 or 200 years down the road, when people want to know what went on in this area, they’ll be looking at the work of our artists, reading the works of our writers. So finally it’s a question of creating a chronicle of our era, creating memory. I think that this is important and a new feeling in Acadie, and that’s why I say that we are doing important work. That’s the reason, or one of the reasons, that I like making art. In any case, I’ve come to the conclusion that life is loss. I mean all life is a loss. And the day this occurred to me, I was freed from a load of things. Things that I found incidental, you always end up getting those, but then they lose their importance. The fact that you have power, that you have money, glory or a certain reputation, that has no real importance. I feel that’s not what gives meaning to our lives. I think that’s what gives meaning to life is a spiritual dimension, and that’s what art provides, I feel.