France Pillière was born in Montréal in 1959. In 1979, after graduating at Cégep du Vieux-Montréal in Esthétique de présentation (stage set design and showcase design), she became an interior designer. During those years, she also travelled around the world and began fine art studies at Université du Québec in Montréal (UQÀM). After giving birth to her son in 1999, she abandoned her interior design career as well as her art studies to experiment with different sculptural material. Paper became her medium of choice. In 2009, her spouse’s career brought her to Moncton where she continues to pursue her art career keeping strong ties with Montreal.
The plant and animal world is a passion for Pillière. She is particularly interested in the evolution of species and mechanisms that have resulted in their survival success, which means, in todays world, their adaptation to humans. Each sculpture is a tribute to a species whose survival is at stake. It is important for the artist that the sale of her work contributes to an environmental cause or group. Presently, 3% is remitted to NCC (Nature Conservancy of Canada). Used paper (magazines, paper bags, catalogues etc) perfectly answer the artist’s environmental concerns: it is malleable, resistant, abundant recycled and recyclable. Every sculpture is composed of recycled paper, home made glue during fall, spring and winter (flour, water, vinegar) and commercial wallpaper glue in summer. The structure is made out of metal wire of varied gauge. All sculptures are finished with 2 coats of Liquitex Artist acrylic varnish.