Claude Houle, Saint-Cyrille-de-Wendovec, Québec Member Since October 2010 Artist Statement Self-taught artist since 1999, I was thrilled with the sculpture discovery as I was going to throw a piece of wood in a fire camp. For a moment I hesitated, looked up at the object and finally decided to keep it for carving. At that time, a simple ¨exacto¨ was the only tool I had on hand for carving.
Hence was born my passion for sculpture which never cease to increase. I realise with fascination how carving allows introspection. Through this kind of medium, my thoughts, desires and feelings come out and impregnate wood. The style in which I evolve is an adventure in spontaneity. Without premeditation, I let immediate and free action emerge and discover amazing results. I find inspiration inside the unseen.
Spontaneous creation is exalting, it’s like giving oneself up to unpredictable expression. Anything can happen. A motion interpreted as an error can come out as a springboard to a happy development. Something new and unexpected mysteriously appears to the sculptor’s eyes, leaving him with an ¨extatic¨ smile. The sculptor is merely an instrument in creativity’s world.
Interpreting always occurs afterwards. It is a reaction to creative action. It’s then time to divert myself in trying to understand the ended work and find the appropriate title. The attentive observer will make discoveries according to its own perceptions. Who knows, the sculpture might reveal its secrets…