Porcelain, stains and glaze
Dimensions: 25cm (H) x 10cm (W) x 10cm (D) / 9.8" (H) x 3.9" (W) x 3.9" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
This totem was created inspired by Georgia O'Keeffe quote "I often painted fragments of things because it seemed to make my statement as well as or better than the whole could."
Those fragments, each and individually made on the wheel with porcelain mixed with stains and then glazed, are then stacked one on top of the other forming a new whole, like a vertical landscape.
Based in: Tel-Aviv
Born in France in 1973, I made my first steps in the design world in 1993 with a one year internship at Balenciaga Paris in 1993 in the artistic department after which, I moved to Tel-Aviv, Israel, working in an auction house, immersing myself in the fascinating world of modern and contemporary art. Then curating jewellery from local artists for several galleries, I pursued my studies at the Shenkar Design Academy for a four years journey in the Jewellery Design Department. Following a solo career in fashion jewellery and having my designs sold in prestigious museum stores and boutiques around the world ; it is after some years that I made a turn in my path, discovering clay, and all of its wonders, studying ceramics for four years at the Beniyamini Ceramic Center in Tel-Aviv, leading to a new creative flow, into sculpting, using clay and other materials, developing a new artistic language.
The purpose of alignment, the search for equilibrium between body and mind, emotions and energy ; in a world dictated by stress, taking apart our own ability to connect with our inner self, becoming dependent on our surrounding and the feelings that it creates in us, without considering our mind, our soul, what makes each one of us so unique.
How priming our mind and body, being engaged and focused in the present moment, creates an inner energy that is so powerful it expands to our surrounding, materialises new realities, a new future.
The acknowledgement that we are part of a whole, all made of the very same particles, that this Oneness is the purpose of all ; on the micro, as human beings sharing this amazing ability that we have of surpassing ourselves, our worst fears, our beliefs and misconceptions, seeing clearly new possibilities ; and on the macro, leading for the good of human kind with heart and mind coherence, nurturing our planet, protecting the Earth.
Achieving harmony, by triggering synchronicity in alignment with what Nature does best, and not against it, for the benefit of the self and for the benefit of all ; experiencing wholeness, following what we know, not what we believe.
My practice is a necessity to potentiate these thoughts and translate them into a language that borrows the duality between the man-made imprint, the urbanist surrounding ; and Nature, the minerals, organic forms ; searching for balance through abstraction, inviting the viewer to sense simultaneously the essence of the contrast and its endless potential for poise.
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