BE YOUR OWN MUSE by Dominique Rivard
125 x 175mm, 104 pages, single colour risograph and full colour printing, perfect bound softcover with letterpress finish, 2021
Be Your Own Muse is an artist's book, a poetic journal, a visual arts master's essay and a feminist manifesto. The text, written in English, questions the autofiction and the fragmentation of the self by wandering through different labyrinths of ice.
'This essay explores the elaboration of autofiction in writing. It examines by which ways autofiction is a powerful and insightful method to multiply the self.
With an approach characterized by fragmentation, I focus on different types o wanderings and I experiment with several crossings and overlaps among them: geographical wandering, wandering of the self, wandering in solitude, wandering in fiction, and wandering in spatiality.
To achieve this, I develop my reflection in the journalistic form. Similarly to a diary, the essay is subdivided into eleven text entries, each corresponding to a date. I chose this form so that autofiction is doubly present. It is analyzed as much as a subject of research than as an approach for the text’s structure and style. Thereby, the dissertation becomes a space for experimentation, a literal mise en abyme interweaving research essay and creative writing.'