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Maskull Lasserre was born in Canada in 1978 and spent his early childhood in South Africa. He holds a BFA from Mount Allison University and an MFA from Concordia University.
His drawings and sculptures explore the unexpected potential of the everyday through allegories of value, expectation, and utility. Elements of nostalgia, accident, and macabre humor are incorporated to induce strangeness in the familiar, and provoke uncertainty in the expected.
Lasserre is represented in Canada Council for the Arts and the City of Ottawa collections, and numerous government collections in Canada. His work has exhibited across Canada and the US.
"The combination of iron, pressuring paper, creating bone, builds an interesting drama and tension. Two materials creating a third. I really like the ”framing” where the iron fills an important part in experiencing the sculpture. It´s massive power plays with the thin paper and the delicate bone pieces it holds. The craft is brilliantly executed and I can only imagine the pleasure it would be to experience his work live."
"Maskell has such skill in the craft of art making and uses it over and over again in unexpected combinations. I spent a lot of time exploring his website to find more and more pieces that just captured my attention. I can imagine one of his pieces in my collection. Definitely an artist worth commissioning."
"I am consistently impressed with the quality and inventive nature of Maskull's sculptural works. There is a exceptional amount of wit paired with extremely proficient craft in everything he creates, each new endeavor is unexpected and wonderful."