Terre cuite brute , pièce unique - Terracotta, unique piece.
22 x 20 x 24 cm.
Cactus City is a terracotta sculpture representing a fantasy town somewhat in the shape of a cactus. It is a central rock with slightly protruding rocks on the sides, all carved into buildings. It is a small town, or just a village, completely set out of the outside world. There is only one entrance door in the rock dowstairs, connecting Cactus City outside.
What could have fueled the creation of such a city? Surely the fear of a world of dangers, the need for protection, or perhaps just the will of a community to grow by itself, in very necessary harmonious relations. Because lots of harmony and patience you'll surely need to be able to live in Cactus City, as every house in so intertwined with its neighbours...
Fear of outside dangers might have pushed here for more harmonious relationships inside the city. A good thing for a bad one.
Cactus city could be a metaphor of human living: we try to protect ourselves from many potential - real or imaginary - dangers, but the real dangers are perhaps much more from within human nature. And if we succeed in controlling them, it would open the door to happiness and harmony. Cactus city's dystopic environment might become an example of human excellence.
Forteresse (Habitusburg) - Fortress (Habitusburg)
Terre cuite émaillée et patinée, pièce unique - Glazed terracotta with patina, unique piece. 22 x 17 x 18 cm.
Original en collection particulière. This original piece is already acquired and unavailable.
This Fortress (Habitusburg) is a partly enameled, partly tinted ceramic. It is linked to history and medieval times, where once were buit such impregnable strongholds. The creation style is voluntarily made on a childish mode, as it brings us adults back to childrens' universe of castles and princes in a refreshing way. I like the contrast of bright enameled red roofs with the dark brown patina of the walls. With some details like some windows sizes, reminiscent of Renaissance period, you can notice this austere medieval fortress was progressively partly adapted to a lavish and princely residence, making it more comfortable and pleasant to live in.
It is a totally imaginary castle, but it could be the fortress of Habitusburg, the seat of the Grand Dukes of Synitheia, vassals of the tyrant of Olethros kingdom (see Olethros map, part of my Addictionville project).
Ma création puise parfois son inspiration dans les lieux de vie des Hommes, c'est à dire dans l'architecture. Celle-ci peut être réelle ou imaginaire, inquiétante ou apaisante, utopique ou dystopique, à l'image des créations humaines.
My creation takes sometimes its inspiration from the places of human life, that is to say in architecture. The representations can be real or imaginary, gloomy or soothing, utopic or dystopic, exactly like human creations.
Terre cuite peinte, pièce originale - Painted terracotta, original piece.
21,5 x 18 x 10 cm.
Original en collection particulière, mais des exemplaires, notamment en bronze, sont disponibles sur commande.
The original piece is already acquired, but other examplaries, notably in bronze, are available on order.
Village is my first painted ceramic, and the first piece I've made a mould of. The original is not available anymore, but a bronze is already for sale. This village could be a Provence village for example, because of its setting up and all over a hill. It reminded me perhaps of the Provence santons of Christmas, when people use Provence style model houses and characters to people the Nativity scenes.
But one can imagine many stories about this village, which looks, at first, sleepy and quiet, but could hide many passions. Too calm to be true could be another title in fact. Traditional southern european villages are too often the setting of vendettas, neighbour feuds and jealousy, crimes of passion and family competition. But for now, we'll pretend it is just a very quiet, picturesque and peaceful village striken only by a generous summer sun...
21,5 x 18 x 10 cm.
Village was my first painted ceramic and it was also my first bronze. This village could be a Provence village for example, because of its setting up and all over a hill. Here in bronze it is far from the vision of the Provence santons of Christmas.
And then it is perhaps easier here to imagine many darker stories about this village, matching well with the dark green bronze patina. Traditional southern european villages are too often the setting of vendettas, neighbour feuds and jealousy, crimes of passion and family competition...