“Because you have to tame yourself to become your own master.” Following Fines tranches d’angoisse [Angst, Sliced Thin] and 12 mois sans intérêt [Zero Interest for 12 Months], Catherine Lepage pursues her study of the human psyche through images. This time she turns her attention to the pressure imposed by the need to perform in a world that is moving ever faster, offering ways to survive in the jungle we now inhabit. As in her previous works, she calls on her personal experience and plays on the tropes of self-help books.
Catherine Lepage, author
Following a childhood in Quebec City’s suburbs, where she was born in 1973, Catherine Lepage went on from Graphic Arts at the CÉGEP Sainte-Foy to study Illustration at the École supérieur des arts décoratifs in Strasbourg, France. She worked for many years as the artistic director of advertising agencies in both Quebec City and Montreal, where she now lives. In 2007, she published 12 mois sans intérêt, her first book, which she both wrote and illustrated. It was followed in 2014 with Fines tranches d’angoisse. A co-founder of the Ping Pong Ping studio, she now devotes her time to creating images for others and sometimes also for herself..
- Looking at the chaos of our daily lives, with our strange knee-jerk drive to compare ourselves to others and want more without really knowing what, Lepage’s fascinating bestiary throws our habits and urges into question. In a work that combines humour, wisdom and subtlety, she upends our ways of being and encourages us to go all the way and still keep our balance. Without straying into kitsch or esoteric references, she puts her finger on the sore spot and strikes where we need it most, while turning a sceptical eye on what’s bugging us, demystifying the spirit of competition and relieving social pressure. [...] It‘s what you might call a real animal therapy session. - Marie Fradette, Le Devoir Link to review
Rights Holder: Productions Somme toute
rights available: World
age range: Adult
number of pages: 104
publication date: 08/22/2016
Original language of pub: French | Français
Materials Available: finished book