Interview: Sylvain Boisjoly
Luca Curci talks with Sylvain Boisjoly during THE BODY LANGUAGE 2020 at Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi.
It all started in 2016, when Sylvain Boisjoly, born in Montreal in 1964, discovered painting. He joined the Atelier du geste gallery in Montreal where he learned to express his art, free of any constraint. This greatly contrasts with his information technology day job. After months of abstract art exploration in this gallery, Sylvain joined the M Galerie, where he developed a great interest for monochrome work. Through painting, Sylvain shows his feelings, a flow of emotions he can’t express with words because they are hard to find. His art is rather exploratory. Sometimes naive, sometimes abstract, sometimes figurative. Impulsion guides his work, according to what he feels, what he lives, what he loves or what hurts him. He paints to free himself. To get him out of his suffering, his negative emotions, away from his dark ideas that sometimes haunt the corners of his mind. Sylvain’s work is then dark, tormented. He paints to relax, because while at it, he do not think of anything. He paints to get the anger out, the frustration. But he also paints when he is happy, when his emotions take him to the highest peaks. His work is then tinted with a tad of joy, with lightness. He started to improve his technical skills while painting with gouache on paper. This allowed Sylvain to develop his style, his artistic personality. His emotions quickly change, so that makes it difficult to specifically define his style. He can have many at the same time. In the beginning, he used abstract and naive art, but when he discovered acrylic on canvas, he allowed himself to try figurative art. A figurative genre, with a touch of abstract because when he does so, everything becomes monochromatic. This is as if all that surrounds him has only one color. In the end, Sylvain loves to paint the unreal, the imaginative, the impulsive. As he likes to explore, in the near future, he is willing to express himself with other mediums, using different ways to paint, to express something else. For sure, his art comes from the heart and this is how Sylvain wants to touch people.
Luca Curci – What’s your background?
Sylvain Boisjoly – My desire to paint started in 2016. At that time I was experiencing big changes in my life and I wanted to try new things. I had never painted seriously before but I always had the desire to create in me. My creative side is very developed and this despite the contrast that there is between my job and creation. Indeed, I work in IT for a large state-owned company. I then started with training at the Atelier du geste workshop in Montreal where I learned free gesture. I learned to let myself go and express my emotions with the brush. I was doing abstract works then. I then continued my training in a gallery not far from my home where I developed an attraction for monochrome landscapes.
LC – What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
SB – In 2011, I experienced what is called the mitan crisis. I was in depression. I was looking for a way to express my emotions other than by words that I couldn’t find. Art helped me out. Art allowed me to express all these emotions. Besides, at the time most of my works had emotional names. Since then, when I feel bad about myself, I paint to free myself from these negative emotions that overwhelm me.
LC – What is art for you?
SB – A way to express yourself. To tell the world what it feels like.
LC – Which art themes do you pursue? What is your preferred subject, if there is any?
SB – I like to paint emotions. In fact, I like to paint my emotions. I like to express them. To do this, abstract works allow me to express myself well. So it’s my favorite medium. I also like to paint landscapes. Landscapes which on the other hand have an abstract side since the color of my works is rarely real. I have also tried more figurative art but I find that the gesture is too precise for it to be creative.
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
SB – Since my works come mainly from my emotions, I find inspiration directly inside my being.
LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
SB – Without strong emotions, I cannot create. Whether my emotions are negative or positive. I am inspired by my emotions and without them I can do nothing. So when my life is calmer, I don’t paint since I have nothing to express. Finding a name for my canvases is also very difficult since I have to name how I feel.
LC – What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this exhibition? How is it connected to the theme of the entire festival?
SB – For some people, the only body language is speech. However, there are several ways to express yourself. And no matter what the artist has to say, he can say it in a thousand and one ways. Dance, music, theater, visual arts are all ways to express yourself. My art works speak. They express my emotions. They say what I can’t say in words. It is a means of expression. It’s a body language, my body language.
LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the festival?
SB – Of course I agree. When I learned about the festival’s content, I was thrilled. For my part, this is the first time that I have participated in a festival that brings together so many different art forms and I am delighted. All of these art forms constitute in themselves the whole of body language. My only regret is that I could not be there in person to attend the opening of the festival due to health problems. I really hope to be part of The Body Language 2021 and I hope then that nothing will prevent me from attending.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
SB – Certainly. What is interesting is that ITSLIQUID GROUP is aimed at all artists, regardless of the form of art they have chosen.
LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
SB – Yes. The services of ITSLIQUID GROUP are very professional. Everything is very well organized. I had all of my questions answered in record time. This is not the case for all the exhibitions in which I have taken part. The advice of Mrs. Giulia Tassi was very judicious. Even if I could not attend, I am very satisfied with the progress and the preparation of the event.
LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
SB – Bringing together so many art forms under one roof is just a great idea.