my main inspiration came from the very famous poem
written by the french poet, arthur rimbaud.
it’s called « le dormeur du val »
and every french kid has learnt it and usually everybody appreciates it and says it’s a nice piece of poetry.
it is a nice poem indeed but in fact, it talks about a dreadful reality because the young peaceful man, sleeping on the grass, is actually dead !
when i show my three gas masks, i offer to people different visions.
there is an esthetical combination with the flowers
growing into and around the masks, making it slightly disappear
and letting people forget about the reality
of the use of these military devices.
you can note that there is also a « natural » part in my work
because of the flowers that represent life going on in general,
whatever happens to men…and even if the flowers are toxic.
i leave clues to the viewer to trace my actions and my whereabouts…
love at first fight
to me, love and hate
are about the same
when it comes to feelings.
wars often start because people love their country, their religion, etc…
and it creates hate
who doesn’t love the same things.
there is a single flower
because i believe that
the biggest fights usually start
from an average problem.
pride and prejudice
these very special feelings
rule part of humanity,
even if we would prefer them
to be more discreet…
flowers are growing from within and begin to surround the mask, like wild brambles.
gone with the time
the brambles have almost completely appropriated the mask but haven’t altered it.
time has passed but beware :
if we forget the past
and our failures,
fire can start again.
look in the flowers’ hearts
and you’ll discover
that they are bullet shells.