SEALSKIN, SOULSKIN

MINING THE FEMININE UNCONSCIOUS

Shot during an artistic residency at Glasgow’s Centre for Contemporary Arts, in Scotland, the works of my Sealskin, Soulskin series (2018) probe the wild woman archetypical figure at the heart of the Celtic folktale The Selkie Bride. A project that continues to delve the initiatory dimension of folk and fairy tales, but on a more intimate and mature terrain. More images coming soon!

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Though the story exists in several versions, the plot of The Selkie Bride narrative always revolves around the quest of a selkie (a mythological creature said to live as a seal in the sea, shedding its skin to become human when on land) to find her animal coat after having it stolen by a man. Rather than illustrating the different scenes of the story, my intention is to portray the symbolic message at work, namely the feminine psyche’s vital pursuit for its instinctual, free, vibrant state. A reading which echoes Jungian analyst Clarissa Pinkola Estés’ interpretation in her book Women Who Run with the Wolves (1992).

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This series was captured during a residency at Glasgow's Centre for Contemporary Arts, in Scotland, thanks to the CALQ's Exchange of artists and studio-apartments program.

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I also owe a debt of gratitude to the following institutions that generously facilitated my photo shoots on their grounds:

Dunrobin Castle, Golspie, Écosse

Oban Seal Sanctuary, Écosse

Dunvegan Castle, 
île de Skye, Écosse

Aquarium du Québec, Québec

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