Q: So, who are you?
A: My name is Thierry Levesque. Pronounce that whichever way you want; I'd never correct you.
I'm a 36 year old full-time artist, mum, autism advocate, happiness adviser and quite possibly the best non-professional hula hooper in the world. I also bake, throw axes, file my taxes and make sick rhymes.
I live in the art and design district of Toronto with my partner, 9 year old son and our Siamese cat, Gary Thee Snail. I was raised in the small town of Spanish in Northern Ontario, spent my 20's in Liverpool, England and have been in Toronto since 2009.
Q: What kind of art is this?
A: I'm open to interpretation. So far, my favorite is pop pointilation. Sounds rad.
Q: Yeah, but what am I looking at? What's your process?
A: My process is very time consuming and I love it.
I start with stacks upon stacks of donated magazines. I use a 1" circular punch to collect the paper circles, or 'dots'. I get an average of 7 usable dots per magazine, depending on the content. After I've collected a few hundred, I begin to sort them according to a theme or by colour; whatever starts to stand out to me.
I can punch out about 300 dots in 4 hours of punching random magazines.
Some of my pieces are flat with a protective finish but most are individually covered in an epoxy resin sticker. First, I line the paper circle up with the resin sticker and stick it on. Then I rub the back of the paper with a wooden dowel to remove any air bubbles. Next, I put a layer of adhesive on the back to seal it and leave it upside down to dry before applying another coat of adhesive and sticking it into place on the board.
My pieces contain anywhere from 100-4000 dots and can take anywhere from 60-350 hours to complete.
Q: What inspires you?
Q: What else should we know about you?
A: I'm the mother of a 9 year old boy with autism. He is the 6th child in my family with a diagnosis. Last year, I was diagnosed with ADHD and ASD tendencies. I suffered from OCD until my late 20's but after a postpartum episode 8 months after the birth of my son, everything changed. My OCD all but disappeared, I lost more than 200 pounds, left the UK and started a new life here in Canada with my son.
And now I'm the happiest girl I know!
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