Arts·COVID Residencies

'It's just me and my crazy puppets': Enter the surreal isolation of muralist Danaé Brissonnet

When you think it's getting weird…it will only get weirder.

When you think it's getting weird…it will only get weirder

When you think it’s getting weird…it will only get weirder. 3:41

In our self-shot video series COVID Residencies, we're checking out how artists are adapting their practices in isolation, whether it's diving into different processes or getting lost in their sketchbooks.

For multidisciplinary artist Danaé Brissonnett, travel has always been second nature. The bulk of her artistic career and income involved roaming to international cities to paint community-based murals and teach art workshops to school children. Before the pandemic, Danaé had plans to fly to Vietnam, New Orleans, and Genova, Italy. But with the current travel restrictions and school closures, her nomadic life was brought to an abrupt halt.

She notes, "That was mainly what was giving me a lot of energy. Being with so many people and having a lot of kids around me and just sharing histories and legends with people was something that was constantly inspiring me. So now that all of this has been cancelled or postponed, I am trying to find motivation with opening all my boxes and seeing all of my fabric I've collected from my travels."

(Danaé Brissonnet)

Currently, Danaé's life is confined to a tiny apartment in Quebec where she has been exploring a different artistic practice: a combination of puppetry and mask-making. She is constantly inspired by her surreal dreams which then become the framework for her artwork. 

In this video, watch Danaé create a bizarre and mesmerizing mask. When you think it's getting weird...it will only get weirder. However, beware! You are bound to fall in love with this eccentric and free spirited artist.

Follow Danaé here.

(Danaé Brissonnet)

CBC Arts understands that this is an incredibly difficult time for artists and arts organizations across this country. We will do our best to provide valuable information, share inspiring stories of communities rising up and make us all feel as (virtually) connected as possible as we get through this together. If there's something you think we should be talking about, let us know by emailing us at cbcarts@cbc.ca. See more of our COVID-related coverage here.

About the Author

As a young child, March Mercanti would play with his action figures for countless hours because he was obsessed with telling stories...to himself. Currently, March is a filmmaker living in Toronto, ON. He works at CBC Arts creating documentaries for artists across Canada.

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