Whether you’re following her or not, chances are that Gab Bois has already popped up on your Instagram feed once or twice before. At over 23,000 followers and counting, the visual artist has become a frequent feature on some of the ‘gram’s most popular curated accounts, including @watts.on and @twbloves to name a few. With a catalog of work comprising macro close-ups of the human body, the Montreal-based photographer creates subtle-yet-fantastical images that toy with our perceptions of reality. Equal parts humorous and grotesque, Bois’ work begs viewers to take a minute and reflect on the quirkier details of everyday life.
“I prefer to be my own model. That way, if it doesn’t work or I’m disappointed with the result, I can only blame myself” – Gab Bois
Citing her father as a major influence on the decision to become an artist, Bois recalls a childhood spent watching him express his creativity around the house. “Growing up, my dad was always drawing and painting. I think he played a huge role in my general interest of art.” Bois spent two years in art school and, upon realising that the traditional route wasn’t for her, opted to follow her dreams on her own terms. “I wanted to pursue my art in a less structured environment, where I could be my own boss.”
Today, Bois’ creative process is not unlike that of her father’s, with the artist preferring to work from home just like dad used to. As the warmer months arrive, however, she daydreams about expanding her work to include more outdoor shoots. “I plan to travel a bit this summer and I’m hoping that I find time to include some creative work, too.” Until then, she’s more than content snapping away on a point-and-shoot camera from her bedroom while “Deep Cuts” by the Knife plays on repeat.
“I always have a ton of projects in mind. So if everything goes well, you can expect to see a lot more of me in the future” – Gab Bois
“I find it a lot easier to work by myself because there’s no pressure. Sometimes it can be hard to communicate my ideas to other people.” Most of Bois’ images are self-portraits, save for the occasional helping hand from her supportive circle of friends. “I prefer to be my own model. That way, if it doesn’t work or I’m disappointed with the result, I can only blame myself.” By positioning herself at the forefront of each image, Bois does a lot more than just accept full accountability for the success of her work. Once self-conscious about her boyish figure, the photographer has since grown to appreciate her androgynous features. “I have never been more comfortable in my body. I love atypical bodies and body parts, and I think this body fluidity that I’ve developed over the past few years shows in my work.”
When searching for inspiration, Bois admits that she never has to look too far before the creativity starts to flow. “I find everything to be a source of inspiration – or distraction. Whatever you want to call it.” She is quick to vocalise her respect and admiration towards fellow female artists including @artbabygirl and @aleia, while also finding a sense of community among creatives with similar styles to hers, such as @meatwreck and @phebeschmick.
Looking towards the future, Bois shows no sign of slowing down. The artist has a multitude of projects currently in the works, and hopes to host a solo show by the end of the summer. “I always have a ton of projects in mind. So if everything goes well, you can expect to see a lot more of me in the future.”
Follow @gabbois on Instagram to stay updated on the artist’s work