A few months after being swept away by COVID-19 at the age of 83, paper sculptor Claude Lafortune is reliving twice rather than once this fall.
While these works inspired by the legend of Noah's Ark are on display at the Sainte-Foy Historical Interpretation Center in Quebec City until December 13, the Nicolet Museum of World Cultures is preparing to present for one last time the Glue, Paper, Scissors exhibition, starting October 4.
“It's a way of paying homage to him,” submits the head of education, cultural action and communications at the Nicolet museum, Dominic Massicotte.
It is also a golden opportunity to discover or rediscover all the talent of an artist who has not been recognized at its fair value, he believes.
“His television shows ( L'Évangile en papier, Parcelles de Soleil ) are still well known, but the artistic value of his works, the techniques used and his creativity are unfortunately not enough known in Quebec,” submits Dominic Massicotte .
Claude Lafortune is however, argues Mr. Massicotte, “a model for future generations”. Even if in this time when art is increasingly available in the virtual world, admiring works on paper is proving to be anachronistic to say the least.
“We often set up small workshops showing how Claude created his characters. It's nothing complicated. It takes a more solid paper to make the base, we will fold and crumple the paper. There is something timeless in this art, ”observes Mr. Massicotte.
You have to see the sculptures in the Noah's Ark exhibition to be convinced of the skill required for their design. Colorful and expressive, its characters and animals taken from biblical legend are stunning.
They are a reflection of the capacity for wonder that characterized Mr. Lafortune, remarks the representative of the Nicolet museum.
“He had a very childish side, a bit like a child who goes to see his parents to tell them 'look what I did, look how beautiful it is.' I was watching him in videos showcasing a Noah's ark deer and he was talking about his gaze, saying “he's a little bit sad because he has to go traveling to new places, but it's going to be fine. ”
“He had, he continues, a very imaginative and fantastic side through his work that we want to share. ”