POIRAT, Guy (1950)

Guy Poirat,Souvenir antillais, 1990-92. Série des Petites inventions. Bois, cire, métal et maracas. 10 x 180 x 130 cm. Photo : avec l’aimable autorisation de l’artiste.

Guy Poirat studied at the École des beaux-arts de Montréal, the Université du Québec à Montréal and Vancouver’s Emily Carr College of Art and Design. Initially a ceramist by trade, he turned toward sculpture in 1988, his earliest works comprising assemblages of salvaged material. In 1993, upon receiving a grant from the Ministère des Affaires Culturelles du Québec, he was able to accept an invitation to complete an internship at Fort du Bruissin, Cité des Artistes de Francheville in the Rhône region of France, where he has been living ever since. Fascinated by archaeology and the tangible traces of the passage of time, he creates objects that bring out the slow transformation of his materials, which include wood, cardboard, paper, wax and fabric – all collected at random before being sorted, scraped, cut up, glued and put back together.

« Guy Poirat : De la prégnance à l’inventé » by Catherine Gagné, ESPACE #24, p. 36.