SAVOIE, Michel (1936)

Michel Savoie, Les colonnes (détail de l’installation Stèles et Pavots, les jardins séculaires), 1988. Grès, faïence, glaçures, sable blanc. 119 x 488 x 488 cm.

Michel Savoie studied at the École des beaux-arts de Montréal from 1955 to 1960. In 1969, he became a ceramics professor at the Université du Québec à Montréal. He began creating installations in the eighties after initially producing small, individual pieces. In 1988, he struck upon an image that would become a recurring theme in his work: poppy seed pods, at times resting upon columns (Stèles et pavots. Les jardins séculaires, 1988). Albeit in a more stylized form, this kind of Surrealist association is echoed in his monumental outdoor sculptures such as Homme-Âge, located at Daniel Johnson Park in Granby after being completed for the city’s 1985 symposium.

« Incontournable : La sculpture » by Serge Fisette, ESPACE, vol 5 #2, p.5.