Tell me a little bit about yourself.
I was born on the South Shore and arrived in Montreal when I was about 8 years old. I’ve been living here ever since. When I finished high school, I started working in a kitchen and got accepted to cooking school as well. At the same time, I started doing makeup and taking circus classes. That was pretty much when I fell in love with the art of performance and the art of transformation. I worked in kitchens for like 4 years until about 9 months ago when I quit my sous-chef job to focus more on my art and on what actually drives me.
Where do you get your inspiration for doing makeup?
I really like to go on Instagram and saturate myself with as many images as possible. I like to see and feel as many different styles of makeup as possible to be inspired. Not to copy but to absorb a bit of everything I see in order to create a new look that’s closer to my esthetic.
How would you describe your esthetic style?
Video game supervillains. I like big personas. I like when the whole thing is cohesive: the makeup, the costume, the name of the character, the way it carries itself. I like to create personas, that’s why I’d say supervillains, because they’re always kind of dark, but with a fashion flare and a bit of punk.
15 years from now, how do you see the state of makeup?
The beauty industry is growing more and more every year and is becoming one of the biggest industries on earth. With the way the world is going, with climate change, I think we’ll focus more and more on makeup that is reusable, eco-friendly, not as damaging to the skin and to the earth. It doesn’t mean that in order to feel beautiful we have to destroy the environment.
What do you do to make your work fun?
I like to direct projects. I like to find a couple of friends: stylists, photographers and others. Talk with them and find a project we’d like to collab’ on and work on. So, I’ll put a lot of energy and money into it. Other than that, I like to go around and see some shows, see some art, exhibitions, to help myself evolve in my own art.
15 years from now, how do you see the state of live entertainment, how do you think people will probably consume it?
With the evolution of AI, everything will change pretty much. It won’t be people coming to get entertained just by seeing stuff. It will be more the relation between the performer and the public. It’s going to be awesome to see what we’ll be able to create when we bring art and technology together more and more.
What projects do you see yourself doing in 15 years?
I want to produce huge shows, huge events. I want to create a scene in Montreal where all the artistic people who want to learn and meet new artists can get together. I want to create a safe space where people can learn and connect, work, network and create contacts through parties, events and shows. Where we can all have fun, connect and collaborate together.
To get back to this particular project, can you explain what you are trying to achieve?
We are working with Sticky Makeup. I think that the main idea is to try to find a way to apply makeup in an eco-friendly way, a more reusable way. Here we decided to use the same product to do the stencils, as well as some appliques that we will put on. We want to show that we can use this formula to apply makeup as makeup appliques and for makeup transformations as well.
Were there any unexpected outcomes during your residency?
Yes, of course. One of the biggest challenges we had was to find a way to put the makeup under the Sticky Makeup without it coming off when we remove it, because that’s basically the point of it. We tried multiple techniques using water base and oil base. We found out that alcohol is really the best friend of this Sticky Makeup formula in that it cleans it and keeps it sticky, all while protecting the makeup so that it won’t tear off when you take off the Sticky Makeup.
How would you describe your experience with us?
Really so much fun. All my life I’ve been creative using what I had, which wasn’t always much. Here I had so many resources and resourceful people that could bring the project as far as we’ve come right now. It’s crazy all the technologies and the resources we have here. It really has been an amazing journey. I’m really satisfied with what we have accomplished.