David Altmejd

“When I work, the body is a universe where I can lose myself. [The giant] is a metaphor for the landscape, nature and the mountains” 2006

Expressing an interest in metamorphosis and energy, David Altmejd incorporates an array of materials from horse hair and taxidermy animals to mirrors and plaster in his eclectic assemblages. 

Altmejd graduated from the Université du Québec à Montréal with a fine arts degree and received an MFA from Columbia University. His provocative use of anthropomorphic forms was influenced by the art of Louise Bourgeois and Kiki Smith.

Altmejd’s early work, such as The Holes, employed the motif of werewolves instead of the more familiar human form to pose questions and evoke an emotional response from the viewer. Creating without an intention of communicating a particular message, Altmejd begins without a set plan and allows a work to evolve and take on its own direction. He represented Canada at the Venice Biennial in 2007 and was the winner of the Sobey Award in 2009.

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