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Daphnée Leduc-Laprise turned her imposter syndrome...into bananas

The Montreal graphic designer used to be her own worst critic, but that changed when she learned this one important lesson.

She used to be her own worst critic, but that changed when she learned this one important lesson

On this week's CBC Arts: Exhibitionists, watch a very a-peel-ing video by Daphnee Leduc-Laprise. (Courtesy of the artist)

If you've ever felt a twinge of imposter syndrome, Daphné​e Leduc-Laprise knows where you're coming from. "I was my worst critic," says the 32-year-old graphic designer. "I put myself under a lot of pressure." But then, she made a decision: stop overthinking things and just go bananas.

That's how we're going to put it anyway, since the Leduc-Laprise video we're featuring on CBC Arts: Exhibitionists this week is a work of totally bananas nonsense called "135 Bananes," a film featuring roughly 135 of the things spinning and rocking and answering the high-potassium prayers of various collaged characters. (Feel free to double check the tally while you watch.)

 "There's no message," says the Montreal artist. "There's nothing — it's colour and shapes. Sometimes it's good to look at something and not go very deep in social messages. It's something where you can go, 'Ah. That's just fun.'"

And the film will be getting even more bananas this weekend, when Leduc-Laprise debuts an extended version — "Beacoup de bananes" — as part of Lumifest in Longueil, across the river from Montreal.

Embrace the randomness of life.- Daphné​e Leduc-Laprise, artist

Why bananas, though?

"I dunno," she laughs. "Maybe it was because I was eating a lot of bananas at that time?"

"I am very random," she explains. She's even says it's her motto — "embrace the randomness of life." And that's because making films as bonkers as "135 Bananes" have helped her ditch any smidges of self-doubt that can keep a person from just making stuff.

Animation, she says, has been an especially helpful hobby for freeing up her creativity. "Yeah, it's kind of perfect," she says. "You just sit in front of your computer and get an image or an idea and work from it and forget everything else because your mind is on the thing you're doing right now. It's for your film, it's not for anyone else. It started the process of letting everything go, which is a YEARS long process, but that's kind of how I came to do what I'm doing right now."

"You know how sometimes in your head you're putting up barriers and it's hard to go forward? When I had more this way of [random] thinking, I was more satisfied with what I do — and I had very nice feedback about what I was doing from other people, so wow! It's like getting two birds with one stone. I'm happy and people are happy, so from that point on, that's why I was like, OK, that's how it should be. That's how I roll."

On top of her Lumifest project, you can find Leduc-Laprise at Mapp Montreal Friday, Oct. 12. (More info here.)

Watch "135 Bananes."

For more from Daphnee Leduc-Laprise, follow her on Instagram.

Stream CBC Arts: Exhibitionists or catch it on CBC Television, Friday nights at 11:30 p.m. (midnight NT) and Sundays at 3:30 p.m. (4 NT).

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Leah Collins

Leah Collins is the Senior Writer at CBC Arts.