this chimp started almost two decades ago and ends at your place right now, maybe. Originally was 2" tall, his head is composed of a few chimp photos I took at Edmonton's Valley Zoo, his body collaged together from a city map I denuded of letters and blasted with the Xerox. The smoke: drawn with a pen. The context: Maisonneuve magazine's November 2003 issue. Art Director Teena Aujla put in the request for five front-section spots and I was happy, of course, as I'd seen the mag already and I'd never worked in such an exotic place as Montreal. It accompanied an interview with author Yann Martel (Life of Pi, Beatrice and Virgil, etc.), and he was even good enough to unintentionally slow-pitch me a concept: the last question in the interview was "If Montreal was an animal, what kind would it be?" His answer? "A cigar-smoking chimpanzee."
Printed in an open edition, signed and dated on reverse.