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  • Toronto

Questions of identity and belonging are the essence of my current work. I am fascinated by the way that the modern society went from a geographically stable lifestyle to a contemporary form of nomadic lifestyle. With this paradigm shift, all sense of belonging is at stake. Is there a specific place in the world where each individual is meant to be? Can one acquire a new culture, a new sense of belonging? As this ongoing questioning can hardly be resolved, we are left with a collective sense of loss.

My work is a metaphor for our relationship with physical environments and the idea of belonging. Using different types of movement that are engendered by natural physical forces, I create meditative toys. Each piece interacts intimately with the holder, who participates in engaging its movement. The delicate motion of each piece is intended to have a mesmerizing effect, which places oneself in a state of introspection. As one focuses his attention exclusively on the piece, nothing else seems to matter. However, the piece itself is about the sense of loss that the holder tries to escape from.

I am originally from Quebec City. After completing a two year collegial program in fine arts in 2007, I entered the École de Joaillerie de Québec, where I spent three years learning the basic techniques of goldsmithing. I pursued my studies at the university level at NSCAD University, in Halifax, where I recently completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing.

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