Josée Bourgoin, Tourneuse d’art
I am a wood turner and sculptor. I grew up on a farm and followed in the footsteps of my father who was a cabinetmaker and a staunch defender of our cultural heritage.
My grandfather used to say that an ordeal can either clutch its victims in its vise-grip or set them free. In 2005, after a perinatal loss, my father and I are in the studio to turn our first urn. It will hold the ashes of my first baby, my little angel who left this earth even before being born. This experience was a turning point in my life, bringing me a new way to feel and express my emotions. From this sad event was conceived a revelation.
Soon after, I gave birth to two beautiful children and unfortunately, my father died of cancer. Through the shock of birth and death, my artistic curiosity burgeons, takes shape, becomes enriched and gradually anchors itself in action: I create funeral urns. The mixed feelings of love, sadness and joy that I experience in my heart will definitely leave their mark on my first works. In this emotional turmoil, I find inspiration to carve. I give a precise meaning to the objects that I create: I want them to express softness and solace. Vitalis Creations enr. was born in 2010
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