Trunks and Mesh
   
In autumn 2001, I was alone in my home after a painful break-up. At the time I was engaged in doctoral research workshop. Within this workshop I decided to create Salvation.
 
Salvation, detail, 2001
Based on a drawing made several years earlier, the wood looks like a common interwoven garden trellis but was actually sculpted from a single piece of white pine. I set up in my basement and spent hundreds of hours, with gouge in hand, seeking salvation in my work. This first piece from the series entitled '"Troncs et grillages" (trunks and mesh) was presented at the maison de la culture in Trois-Rivières before being hung in a forest to weather unprotected.
Salvation, 2001
 
   
Invited to participate at a group exhibition on art and nature in Trois-Rivières I imagined a trunk divided into three sections of which the central section would be a mesh. I hunted down a crooked white pine trunk to make this sculpture. Once again, all the work was done by hand, with traditional wood sculpture tools.
 
The Trunk , 2002
In the fall of 2002, after being selected to create a maquette for the gardens of the Bibliothèque nationale du Québec I had the idea of making casts of tree bark using flexible moulds. By using flexible moulds I could flatten the tree bark textures to create cubes, posts or rectangular columns. "Le tronc civilisé" (civilized trunk) came out of my experiments at that time.
Civilized Trunk , 2002
 
 
 
The sculptures "Pine 2", "Banksia 1" and "Banksia 2" were created during the Floating Land symposium which took place from June 6 to 16, 2005 at Noosa in Australia. The largest piece was 1.6 metres long.
 
Pine 2 , 2005
   
Banksia 1 , 2005
Banksia 2, 2005
 

The sculpture "Bush Cathedral" was created during the 'Farming with Mary' symposium. Using a standing dead eucalyptus with a hollow trunk, I pierced square and round holes up to a height of 6 m.
 
Bush Cathedral, 2005
 
The 5 m white pine sculpture, "Tronc 2" (Trunk 2), was created for Biennale de sculpture contemporaine at Trois-Rivières in 2006.
Trunk 2, 2006
 
   
Tipi, 2011
240 cm high by 36 cm wide.
"Tipi" made during the International Symposium of woodcarving Kemijärvi, with the participation of France Joyal, Finland, 2011.


The trip to Finland was made possible by a travel grant from the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec (CALQ).
 
 
"Deltoid of the St.Maurice" was commis- sioned by the Museum Borealis in Trois-Rivières. During the work of developing the site, two huge cottonwood trees had to be cut. The center's director wanted these trees do not disappear completely and I was given the mission to make a sculpture. The trunk used measure 114 cm in diameter at the base and 365 cm long.
 
Deltoid of the St. Maurice, 2011