July 31st, 2019
Jesse Gussow


There is in enlightening beauty in the artwork of Adrien Piette. His work has obvious dark, macabre overtones and religious symbolism. It’s a beautiful balance of power. The thin line work and soft stokes work so well especially with his work with skulls. His wood sculptures are downright stunning, weathered and made from reclaimed wood. The details he’s able to put onto the sculptures give them a beautiful personality.



Where are you from?

Cornwall, Ontario



How did you get interested in Art?

When I was a kid I got blown away by Dali’s surreal paintings. And how he can capture my dreams so well.



What inspires your artwork?

The circle of life & death. The occult and folklore. And a constant battle between creating and destroying.



How would you describe your style?

Stark illustration. Sculptural macabre.



What does your work say about you?

Than I’m a twisted story teller.



What is your preferred medium to work with?

Currently, digital illustration. But I’ve been doing a lot of things with wood lately.



The first piece of work that I saw from you was two sculptures in a group show in Ottawa at the Shenkmen arts center. How did you create those two pieces? What was the inspiration and story behind them? I loved the haunting feeling they evoked and yet the fact that the two sculptures seems so lonely. Was such an incredible piece.

The wood I use for those sculptures were part of a shipping pallet. The wood was solid and sound but worn and battered too. I took them home and stayed in my garage for a bit.
When I got the email for the group show, I knew I wanted to make something a bit different from my current digital illustrations. I wanted something hands on and durable.
Presently I’m really into owls and how in some folklore these birds are associated with wisdom in guidance. I thought it a lonely experience for these beings to try to help us mere mortals in our lives.

The ones I made for the group show are the handmaiden of Frigg or Frigga.



If you had a time machine where would you go and why?

Time before humans was human. To see where it all came from. That or to see Rammstein on Family Values tour.



What do you want people to experience when they see your work?

A brief twisted story. Something they can make up by viewing my art thus, making it their own story.



What does your studio space look like? Chaos or order?

Yes. All the time. (It’s also the furnace room)



Is there an aspect about art that you wish you were more proficient at?

That a tough question. I think I’m good in what I do, no matter the medium, it’s the lack of drive I have that I wish I had more of. I need more giddy up and go.



When you are sleeping what are you dreaming about? What are your dreams like?

The dream that stays with me when I wake are the ones I felt a shift, a small shift, in my being. I dream that I’m a farmer and my crop of apple trees are made of shadows and the fruit are cold heavy.



Do you listen to music when you are creating? If so what kind of music do you enjoy?

I can’t articulate properly in my art without music. Music is essential to me. I usually listen to metal, manly black metal. If I want to go a bit faster with broader strokes, I listen to punk.



How have you evolved from when you first started to now?

I was always lost in the details of my piece, either sculptural or drawing and not getting far enough. Sketch out my ideas then elaborate on that.


Do you prefer Oreo or Fudgee-O cookies?

Fudgee-O for sure.


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