The two flowers

In a dream I recently had, I was explaining to artists I like very much this relationship between form and idea by giving the example of two flower sculptures: the first in marble, the second in clay with pigments of different colours.

The marble flower evokes the frozen aspect of life. The material is cold and hard. The variations in light depend on the place where it is exposed. In a museum room, in the open air or in more complex places where the light reaches the marble differently, it is the sight of the flower that is more important than its touch.

Several ideas can be developed from this form.

1) The flower frozen in time: the representation of a living being in a material such as marble refers to the rigid and dry side of life. The external elements change but the flower remains the same, in its own eternity, in a unique pose like that of the dead.

2) Marble, by its consistency, accentuates this funeral posture.

This sculpture questions the form that life takes to incarnate itself. The marble flower poses the question of form (a pose), movement (frozen) and identity (what is the flower in relation to what surrounds it ?).

The clay flower decorated with pigments is colourful, changing because it is very sensitive to the humidity of a room or the weather outside. This sculpture will never be the same from one day to the next. The changes in light here are secondary. They only allow us to observe the colour variations. This flower is ephemeral. It will eventually wither because the clay needs water, even indirectly, to make the work evolve. Here we have an expression of the cycle of life in evolution in the flower. The form embodies the idea. It is fragile in its form but strong in the idea it transmits.

In sculpture, the first art form that marked my early childhood, the fascination of form caught me off guard. Seeing them soothed me. Just like being near the trees. By their immobility, they evoke not an external movement but an internal one. And the latter is the primary idea of the work.

(Text of January 18, 2021)

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