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Artist not a profession (for me)

Touring with students from Michelle Sullivan's course, Current Trends in Digital Communication at McGill, here at Galerie Dominique Bouffard

Touring with students from Michelle Sullivan's course, Current Trends in Digital Communication at McGill, here at Galerie Dominique Bouffard

I come from a very conservative small town with practically no « culture » to speak of.

When I was a kid, I mostly kept to myself and was really into drawing and reading. These two activities help me quench a thirst for knowledge and stimulated me, as I was very curious and wanted to know for the sake of knowing things. Today, I still can’t remember birthdays and stuff like that, but I do remember all sorts of seemingly useless information that usually pops out of my brain whenever someone brings up a related subject.

Even though back then I didn’t have many friends, I was always a talker. I still get a kick at explaining things in details. I guess it’s a way of understanding things for myself.

After I completed my degree in fine arts and philosophy, I never thought about being an artist as a profession, a way to make a living – it didn’t even cross my mind. I went on the job market and made my way into customer service jobs, then operations and coordination.

Many years later, I would create the ratsdeville webzine, posting Montreal’s visual arts events online. Semi-consciously, I wanted to provide the kind of service I would have liked to have access to when I got out of art school. Because if you don’t know what’s out there, how can you be a part of it? It’s all about network I guess, circulation of the artworks sure, and also people. The art world is a place where you can become part of something, belong and capitalize on your relationships.

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