"We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with sleep..." Shakespeare
I was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and have lived and worked here ever since. By the age of ten, I was already drawing so much that I turned my cupboard into my first studio space, for my desk and art supplies. I was also having recurring dreams that I still remember to this day.
Both my parents being artists, they made sure we had art supplies around at all times and we were encouraged to express ourselves artistically. When I was in my early teens, my father started taking me to the Contemporary Arts Museum in Montreal once a month. I saw shows by the great artists of the time: Paul Klee, Magdalena Abakanowicz, Louise Nevelson and Judy Chicago, to name just a few… Afterwards, we sat by the river and talked about ART.
I was still having recurring dreams at this stage of my life; with the same repeating story line. Then there would be a final dream episode that was basically the final act, and I would never dream that dream again. I realized that something important was taking place during my dream time and in my dreams.
I wanted to be a teacher when I grew up, so I applied and was accepted to Concordia University as a Math major, French minor. After being accepted, however, I realized that I could not imagine doing math for the next four years… My favourite class in college had been a complementary ceramics course, so I applied to go back to college for a technical certificate. This was a fulltime multi-disciplinary program in the arts with a major in ceramics. I did painting, drawing, sculpture, metal and art history. My favourite class was photography, and I still use what I learned to this day Right from the beginning, I was hooked on living as an artist.
After graduation, my husband and I left for a year of travel through Europe. We did 15,000 miles in a camper van from England to Yugoslavia, as far south as Greece and as far north as the Netherlands. We searched out art wherever we could find it. We visited local and international art exhibitions wherever we went. I saw the ancient greats as well as the contemporary up and coming artists of the time: Bill Woodrow, Richard Serra, Anish Kapoor, etc. I was living art history in real time… We returned home at the end of a year for my entrance interview into the Fine Arts program at the University of Quebec in Montreal: I was accepted and studied.
painting under Denis Demers, who encouraged me to explore my own energy input and output. With sculptor Jean-Yves Côté, I used plastics to express 3-dimensional paintings. My graduation piece consisted of 3-dimensional brush strokes of PVC plastic, Plexiglas and aluminum, all painted with acrylic paint. The pieces were then bolted to the walls and spilled onto the floor. In 1997, I won a competition organized by the local medical clinic (C.L.S.C Sanguinet) to create a sculptural piece that would be incorporated into the main entrance space.
Then I had the year from hell: I lost my father to cancer. My dreams and nightmares came back with a vengeance and I became aware of their importance in my life. I signed up for a dream interpretation course with international dream analyst Layne Dalphen. I brought my portfolio to the 3rd class. As far as I am concerned, I have night dreams and I create what I consider Dream Scenes that are Dreams Stories waiting to be discovered/decoded just as my night dreams are.
Montreal was host city for the 2008 International Association for the Study of Dreams conference and Layne was looking for an artist who would take on the Dream Art Exhibition for the conference. “Sure,” I said in 2006 and I have not looked back.
All these years later, it seems only natural that both my love for the Arts and my curiosity about dreams has led to my inventing my current creative process that mirrors how I understand we create our night dreams: by combining symbolic imagery (collaging my photography) with emotional energy (expressive, energetic painting). This combination results in seemingly abstract paintings that are actually full of dream content waiting to be discovered and interpreted.
Today I create works that are abstracted dream scenes unto themselves. I view my work as shared dreams: anyone can find their own stories and visions within them. The sky is the limit in terms of their interpretation. My works are an open invitation to enjoy the journey into these dream portals. Explore onwards and upwards…