Like many of today’s contemporary artists, Jérôme Fortin seeks to reveal the poetry in everyday life through the esthetics of common objects. Since the late 1990s, he has created assemblages of manufactured materials that he collects and transforms into objects of delight. Whether displayed in exquisite arrangements under glass—in a manner reminiscent of cabinets of curiosities—as floor installations or as formal wall sculptures, his works elicit the same fascination and excitement, transporting viewers on a discovery of the banal fantastically transformed. The careful consideration he gives to everyday materials (mass-produced objects, sometimes recycled, sometimes new), and the sustained attention and time devoted to their transformation, is the leitmotif and the raison d’être of his creative process.

Portait of Jérôme Fortin.
Photo: Richard-Max Tremblay (2008)