Samuel Breton’s work is composed of multidisciplinary collages in which poetry acts as an evocative force, enabling him to reinterpret reality.
He juxtaposes and superimposes references to everyday objects to make them sublime,deliberately giving them a poetic meaning in which all is not stated. To do this, he spontaneously uses traditional mediums such as drawing and writing,and combines them with video animation. He thus explores the parameters linking today’s culture to that of other eras through the evoked image and language, the photography and film, fashion and design as well as through memory and history.
The performative video installation developed during the Symposium will be inspired by an icon of northern clothing, the traditional Sorel boot, suggestive of travelling on foot in winter.
Using a model dating from the 1960s called “Eskimo,” the artist will investigate this term that the Inuit perceive as pejorative. Moreover, for a long time one was led to believe that it meant “eater of raw meat,” but today one associates it with the Innu-aimun (or Montagnais) word meaning “someone who laces up snow shoes.” This winter boot has become a true temporal marker of the past. It will enable the artist to broach the theme of mobility at its basic level, asafactory-madearticle of clothing associated with human walking, at the same time that it poetically relatesthe outcome of the Europeans’ explorer mobility in America.
Reproduced in an oversized format on the studio wall, the Sorel boot will be a décor, alternately an ice field, dwelling and sea shore in which the artist juggles with the Eskimo stereotype, as a figurine integrated into a staging that is almost burlesque.
Samuel Breton holds a BFA from Concordia University (2010) and a MFA from Laval University (2012).
His installations combine drawing, animated film and video. Over the past five years, his work has been presented at Galerie des Arts Visuel at Laval University and at La Bande Vidéo in Quebec City. He has participated in several residencies, in particular at Centre de production en estampe at Engramme in Quebec City and at Imago an artist-run print studio in New Brunswick.
In 2014 and in 2015, he received Première Ovation visual art grants for the production of Hibou and Ouchanka. In 2006, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec granted him support for the research and creation of his animated film Juste un café. And for film Le Fumeur, he has received public and juryawards at several Canadian festivals.