As the head of the Admissions team, I am the one with the longest history with Paris College of Art — I received my BFA here in the 80s and then joined the school as Director of Admissions in 1998! An American, I grew up in New Jersey and lived in NYC for many years between doing my BFA and returning to France.
As the only Frenchie on the team, I get to use my love for linguistic challenges on a daily basis – the team calls it the “One minute of French with Marie Breton”. Photographer and story teller, I love to people watch and sublime the ordinary creating abstractions of reality through my lens, or with the help of a piece of charcoal and an eraser. Collector (of notebooks, sea shells, religious objects), ocean lover, singer, I will exchange my extensive travel stories and awkward moments for yours!
I am an artist who makes objects and sound installations in public space. I like to exploit the liminal space that exists when we see or hear something we cannot place. I have a degree in fashion with extensive experience designing women’s wear as well as a Fine Arts Degree completed at the Paris College of Art. A Canadian expatriate I have lived abroad in France and Germany – I currently live in Shanghai. Engaged in anything art & culture, I stay connected wherever I go.
Being Scottish, the thing I appreciate most about living in Paris is probably the weather, which is maybe hard for those from even sunnier climates to understand! Besides that, I never grow tired of the culture and the vibrancy. Having moved around a fair bit, I am so happy to call Paris my home. The daily ups and downs of living here mean I am never bored, and working at PCA means I get to experience the diversity of the city in my job too.