SARA-JEANNE BOURGEAT

Thursday 9/29/16 time 2:24 PM


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Background as an artist

I have recently obtained my bachelor degree at Concordia University in Fine arts. It’s onlytowards the end of my studies that I found a direction to my art, thanks to one of my drawing teacher. I have a studio in Montreal where I work and socialize with friends but the real work mostly happened outside, when nature has the kindness of having me. I am still developing ideas, thinking about my process and understanding creative patterns I have. I am taking things steps by steps, applying to projects, residencies and exhibition, maybe considering a master degree.

How did you end up choosing your media? 

First of all, I make a lot of fires - I got very interested in the making of charcoal, which led me to use my production of charcoal as part of my artistic process. It is important for me to be fully aware of the medium I use. Also, I don’t think I am hurting the environment too much with my burnt branches!

What do you find as the best and worst sides of being an artist?

Best sides: Banality is rare. Community is the key. Solving technical problems is awesome.

Worst side: Having a regular job on the side

Is this your first time in Finland? What kind of expectations did you have about Finland/ Joutsa?

It’s my first time in Finland. I can’t recall if I had any expectations but I am more than satisfied about what the Finnish nature has offered me.  Joutsa is a tiny town but it is so nice to get to experience life outside of big cities. It is harder to blend in with the people living (especially because of the language) but people are always kind and helpful. Also, I didn’t expect to see all those reindeers on the road up north, so many of them!

What are the best sides / opportunities in having an art residency?

Getting out of the daily routine is what’s most important. An art residency offers you time and space to create and meet fellow artists with whom you can elaborate projects and converse about ideas. Travelling is also the best way to get you out of old habbits and it puts you in a situation where everything is new. In my case, it refreshes my ways of thinking, makes me hungry for newness; all opportunities for experiences, social connections, sharing moments become extremely relevant. The introspection part of it is important as well. You come alone in a world of unknown and it is the best time to get to know yourself a little better.

What are your plans after Haihatus?

Well, to be honest I will have to find a job. But as soon as I can, I will apply to an art residency again. I am also planning on applying to projects that suits me in order to exhibit my work. My studio is waiting for me, I have plans to embellish it and make it more appropriate for my desire of making very large drawings.

How does Haihatus meet your expectations?

Haihatus was wonderful, peaceful, inspiring and filled up with all resources any artists would need. The people who run it are so kind and caring, it does feel like home as soon as you step in. It was such a needed break from urban life, having nature right at the doorstep. I am sad to leave but will surely bring with me amazing memories and a couple new good friends!


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