January 2013. Original creation done as a birthday present. The piece is 16cm tall and made from various material. The mask and body parts are sculpted with Fimo (my usual mix 50/50 Fimo/Sculpey Firm). For the rest I’ve used tissue, toilet paper, cotton rope, sisal fiber and squash seeds. All painted with acrylics and inks.
Inspiration is from “primitive arts”, more turned on the Native American Indians side with, of course, my own vision. The concept was born slowly by drawing this strange character on my sketchbook several times (see the “Drawing” section for some of them). The focus isn’t put on the technical aspect, The sculpture is quite rough and the blending painted fastly. These two points are generally considered as defects or even faults when we talk about miniatures. But here, only the character, materials and colours are important.
This statuette is a depiction of a mythical, magical and mysterious being which could be related to images and objects done by many cultures to illustrate or give materiality to cosmogonic figures. When I did it, I had in mind the Katsina dolls from Hopi people and some Yup'ik art too for the mask-face. Their influence on my work appears in the form (disc-shaped mask, some painted patterns…) but also by choosing a character associated to plants or fruit (the squash in that case) as we can find many other examples in the huge variety of Katsinam existing (squash, corn, bean...). He is benevolent and protector.
"Embodying a Spirit" depicts a human being wearing a mask to personify an entity from the invisible world.
The pattern and colors of the mask are inspired by Sugpiaq art (Yup'ik), indigenous people from Alaska.
25cm statue sculpted with Sculpey Firm. Use of feathers, shell, sisal fiber, wood. 2017.
Asar, Osiris, « Egyptian » God-Being bringing civilisation to the human kind maybe hidden under other names in many cultures. The 25cm tall statue shows you my own version of him. I’ve kept some of the gears/attributes is usually depicted with, as the sceptre, Ankh (cross) and his crown-mitre of high Egypt. The sculpture gets symbolism I’ve discover once the job done...as a creation of my unconscious. The basic idea comes from a drawing I did back in 2011.
The fish mask point out the aquatic aspect of the God, image of the Nil waters and reminding the famous story of a fish swallowing his penis. The aesthetic is close to the african sculpture, dark wood, raffia (straw, vegetal fiber), it was not my goal but its an excellent surprise. In the same idea the turquoise pieces at the top of his mask are made from an egg shell, mainly because this material is easy to obtain and really thin. But in the same time it brings me more symbolism, as the egg is the « seed » of life, fertility and takes part in belief and rituals related to the childbirth. This is absolutely coherent with a character wishing the prosperity, as material than spiritual, for the human kind.
For this bust of an ancient Maya female my inspiration and the references used for her come from Maya art and codex inside where so many characters are depicted. I would like to work on a female face and also on the maya culture I really like (as the whole precolombian world). I tried to include morphological specificities in the anatomy as the elongated skull very common in the maya world but its quite hard to erase his own cultural visions and easthetic ideals (especially regarding human beauty), for example the forehead would have been more flat and receding.
8cm Bust. Super Sculpey Firm, Milliput, snails.
this is a resin cast with a oxidation patina finish (acrylic paints).
I've searched another name, maybe more appropriate, but nothing cames to my mind, so « Yup'ik Mask » he'll stay.
This is the second one of a serie still waiting to exist (see below, Courgeritte). Keeping on my masked beings, Amerindian inspirations, the beginning is, one more time, a small drawing which important elements were firstly clothes made of ropes and secondly the posture, open arms, hands turned to the sky. Symetric postures, a bit theatrical interest me and of course it works visually really good. The mask is totally influenced by Yup'ik (inuit) people's art, both sculpting and colors, it is composed from caracteristics I've noted on many of their creations. It is made from olive tree wood, I did a first version, and this one, the second, I've finally put on the figure. The green skin linked the character to reptiles, who's behind the mask?
19cm tall statuette. Fimo/Sculpey Firm, milliput, wood, coton rope, Sisal fiber, feathers, snail shells. Painted with acrylics and oil (skin).
Cardboard mask painted with acrylics. Fabric fringes, raffia. 2013.
Colors and patterns inspired by a Kwakwaka'wakw bear mask (Kwakiutl Indians).
A bust I did as a present for my mother birthday. Zodiacal thematic.
Sculpted with Plastiline, resin polyester cast, painted with acrilics imitating oxidised bronze.