How did you discover collage?

I was raised by a single mom who was surrounded by a gang of friends with flamboyant men who marked my childhood. One of them was a prop man for the theater and showed me all kinds of masks with huge cheekbones. Another was an excellent collagist, unknown to the public, but who made me realize that exposing my work to the eyes of the world would be both confronting but necessary. These men had a significant impact on my life and have influenced my practice.

What did you like about the collage medium?

The mystery, the unconscious at the service of the conscious. I love the depth that this technique brings. I also like to use it to tell a story that peo-ple can relate to. It also allows me to shorten the distance between myself and others while encouraging people to get closer to their authenticity. 

How would you describe your style? 

Through painting and collage, I create portraits of important and significant women of history, creative, free women who braved the forbidden. The contributions of these women have enabled me to be the woman I am today and to take my place in society. Moreover, I paid tribute to them through 2 books, Sublimes and Fortes. 

Where do you find you collage material? What are your favorite magazines?

In counters, second-hand shops. I especially like books with old pictures, children’s books and personal growth magazines from which I extract words. 

Any advice for a newcomer collagist?

Don’t have too high financial expectations when you start in art, even if the money is needed to live. Do first and foremost out of creative need. If sales or visibility is not there: don’t get discouraged or stop because of that! Continue to invest in what you do, love the creative pro-cess and live it to the fullest. Also, be able to connect with your flow and recognize the privilege of being able to do so.

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Adèle Blais
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