Born on October 21, 1954 in Arvida.
Created his first works in the mid-1970s, and found himself following in the footsteps of his grandfather, who had created art by tinkering with all kinds of materials.
Began sculpting for fun while staying with his cousin, whose studio adjoined his bedroom.
Accumulated pieces until he worked up the courage to take them to be sold by an antiques dealer near Quebec City.
Has sculpted many fantastic works inspired by nature, although large cities remain an important source of inspiration.
“I began to draw with my mother before elementary school. At the age of 10,
I won a drawing competition. My drawing came from my imagination, and everyone else drew reproductions. I made my first sculpture at 24. When you’re young, however, you don’t really know what you’re doing. Folk art is more philosophical than technical. And I think that you need a certain amount of life experience to be able to sculpt.”
“All my life I’ve rubbed elbows with hard science. What I find incredible about folk art is that if you feel like making a cat that doesn’t really look like a cat, it’s no big deal! You’ve got the scope to create, you aren’t limited to a specific style — you’ve got all the freedom you want. I don’t want limitations. I don’t want to be hemmed in. I don’t want to feel that I have to arrive at this or that result.”
“Folk art is simple and straightforward, just as life should be. Appreciating folk art means accepting that things are actually quite simple. Appreciating folk art also means accepting imperfection and coming to love it. It’s time folk art was recognized, as its name suggests, as a populist art form, equal to any other type of art: you either like it or you don’t. What I like best about folk art is that I have the right to make mistakes. All of us are tasked with encouraging change through our artistic creations and achievements.”
Sharing My Memories
“When I shape a figure or an animal, I take care, first and foremost, to give them a soul. Shaping a work of art is, for me, an intimate activity. I would be unable to create whatever-it-is in front of others. When I’m alone in my windowless studio, I’m alone with myself; I delve into my own memories and discover some wonderful things. And this is what I express with my hands — I share my experiences. At home, surrounded by my creations, I feel like I’m living with an entire gang. That must be why I don’t really feel the need to be with other people all the time.”
Gallery of Michel Fedak