Québec, Canada


Resembling the anatomy of a bird’s epidermis, 9 feathers filed into one long wooden and steel spike unveil aluminum subcutaneous follicles, twisted into one another. The image that stands out of this scenery is one of a “complex lightness”. As for the statement of the piece, it is typically signed, Cozic. It unites the three reigns of life: animal, vegetal and mineral. Mis en plis is a reflection on the social being. Aligned horizontally, the feathers, representing independent entities (human beings, societies, races or others), witness their roots merging together, suggesting that we come from this mix and are interdependent of one another. Identity always goes back to the roots.

About the artwork

The Cozic collective was born in the mid-sixties thanks to Monic Brassard and Yvon Cozic. The duo lives and works in Quebec and is an official member of Canada’s Royal Academy. Cozic is the recipient of many awards and bursaries, including the Victor-Martin-Lynch- Stanton award, handed by the Canada Council for the arts in 2001, the prestigious Jean- Paul-Riopelle career grant, handed by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec in 2012, the Paul-Émile Borduas prize in 2015 and the Governor General’s Award in visual and media arts in 2019. Cozic is presently credited with over 60 solo exhibitions in his name, over 250 collective exhibitions and has created more than 30 public artworks. Mixing in a playful approach to his installations, sculptures, performances and paintings, Cozic examines our perceptions and senses and questions art’s specific standards, whether they be traditional or contemporary.