Le cycle de l'eau, The water cycle brings together some of my pieces produced between 2000 and 2003 on the theme of water .
Excerpts from the presentation of my work during the exhibition curated by Michel Saint-Onge, in 2002 at gallery B-312.
"Whether it is a fascination or a social awareness, the theme of water motivates and guides my current reflections. The beauty of its landscapes which both alert all the senses is opposed a deaf and omnipresent deterioration of the resource. These reflections are superimposed on the concerns which mark out the whole of my work of pottery and sculpture. The boundary between two disciplines is sometimes difficult to set and it is in the proximity of this one, where the other begins, that a more lucid look at things takes shape and seems possible to me. It is in this line of thought that I imagined my most recent pieces, Plans d'eau, mostly made from individual bottles of water. I was trying to give shape to many questions that raised so many concerns about water, its heritage value and the common good.
My new proposal does not escape my questions about water uses that would be more a matter of a profitable and appropriate calculation rather than an equitable sharing of the resource."
Les végétations dormantes and le ruissellement
It is in the flattened space of the plane that many of my sculptures can be apprehended. This time, it is around projections of light and reflected surfaces on the wall and floor that they are organized. A line of light bounces off each of the glass objects or crosses them, leaving the eye to the shimmering and brightness of the reflections and the image thus projected.
Les végétations dormantes or Dormant plants are small ceramic bowls with the rim of a glass block, cut to their exact measurements. Placed on a discreet support and hung on the wall, they are reminiscent of water lilies floating on the surface of the water and the way they disperse. Here two points of view are possible: that of the reflection on the shelf and that of the flat surface of the bowls through which the dormant vegetation can be seen: crossed glances that constantly call out to the other.
As for le ruissellement, this sculpture takes up the idea of the container and the marketing of bottled water. It is a glass jug with holes in it that let out what one might believe to be its water and salt content. This reminds us that soil erosion is not unrelated to the fragmentation and deterioration of a certain image of nature. The jug thus depicted becomes a kind of microcosm of the earth, of its beauty and degradation.
Plan d'eau, tapis III, collection permanente du musée d'Art contemporain de Montréal
Jeu de table: la rivière