“I think we’ll be in a society with even greater divides, in denial of the world that’s burning.”
Where are you from?
North east of France
Your style in 3 words?
Light, fusion, space
Your weakness? Your strength?
What makes you different?
My proven non-photogenic nature. It’s a recurring joke, I look like a different person every time in the pictures, except me.
When did you decide to become an artist?
At 5 years old, when I accidentally painted the grey carpet in my bedroom with the fluorescent pot and thought that putting a towel on it would stop my parents seeing the stain.
Do you choose your art form, or does the form choose you?
Until the exhibition I choose everything, then finally the situation is reversing.
What do you find most fascinating about the creative process?
The moments when you catch a glimpse of a good idea. Even if it turns out to be abandoned later, the energy that this feeling gives feeds all the research.
A few words about your favorite creation?
Maybe the candle soot painting technique that I developed. The mixture of water and fire creates a hypnotic random pattern during the manufacturing process. These pieces are called Flickering Lights and are intended to capture the light of the fire inside the glass. I feel like a witch for some minutes.
What surprised you most about your first art shows?
That a personnal work can effectively speeks to others and that you can really share something important there. I know, this is a too cute answer.
Someone else’s work that inspired or inspires you…
Van Gogh, Vimala Pons, Hammershoi.
Who would you like to work with someday and why?
A good baker, to be able to work with another kind of cooked sculptures.
And Freddy Mercury, for obvious reasons.
A new project coming up or an idea you want to work on?
My solo exhibition ‘Combler le jour’ at the Romero Paprocki gallery this winter is a project based around the ambivalence of the attic space in the home. At once a protective place of our past and the stuff of fantastical imagination.
Finish the sentence „More important than my career is…“
2023: Where are we going?
Earth, I hope.
Do you think about time as an artist?
On a loop. Working with fire techniques means be obsessed with time. I think there’s something in my work about the environment that drips and slows down.
When the going gets tough…
I put Francis Cabrel music for singing and shouting and drink a sugar free red bull with my friend Jimme.
Put on your future vision glasses: What direction is our generation moving in, what will our world look like in 50 years?
Sincerely, I’d like to respond to utopias, but I think we’ll be in a society with even greater divides, in denial of the world that’s burning. But I sincerely hope that the revolution will be gentler than it needs to be.
What would you do if you could change the World?
You mean going back in time? Um, say a few words to Einstein, avoid the proliferation of humans and even before that, suggest that they remain gatherers-gatherers.
What does freedom mean when it comes to art?
Everything. To be an artist is to turn freedom into a profession, or at least to build a daily life around it.
If the universe is everything and it’s expanding, what is it expanding into?
Himself, isn’t it?
Tell us about your future plans…
The continuation of a research project into the history of the village swallowed up by the Sarrans dam in the volcanoes of the Auvergne. I project an installation in the Turlande’s Chapel close to my family’s house.
Your city’s favorite spots?
The 7h30 am empty bar counters from Belleville for the quiet first coffee.
A book that everyone should read…
Goodnight moon from Margaret Wide Brown
Last but not least: what is your favorite Song?
Heartbeats from the knife
One last statement please: „Wood or stone, gold or art?“
A golden stone on wooden art