« Our world is fascinating.
I am a child of every moment – cheeks slapped or stroked, eyes wide open and imbued with scenes of wreckage or with excitement… And always the same crazy, unaccountable desire to live and to survive, to explore and lose myself in life’s mysteries.
This life is a constant source of inspiration that enriches my path through the pictorial world…
Intertwined, and running parallel to each other: a sense of CHAOS, of the destitution of man as a being inherently limited, humbled in his endeavours to achieve understanding, overwhelmed and powerless in the midst of the great whirlwind of movement…
And then, from time to time, the artist makes his escape, starts to dream and to reorganize his imaginary world in an attempt to recapture a lost state of happiness. Some would call him insane, and yet – « happy are those who are cracked, for they will let the light shine through ».
A remedy for survival in an incomprehensibly brutal world…
But man does not see reality. He is incapable of seeing it. He moves away from it and is lost. Ignorant and contemptuous of the laws of life, he walks blindly towards his own Apocalypse!
Can humanity leave it at that?
The sky my inspiration, my answer, and every human being, every living cell on earth must find its own so that together, we may rebuild the edifice. I am deeply convinced that spirituality constitutes its foundation.
My artistic approach belongs to a humanistic framework that is neither dogmatic nor doctrinal. It is utterly contemporary; such is the extent to which I believe that it is through the freedom of every individual’s values that a legitimate sense of community will be discovered.
The Heavens and the Earth that I paint are devoid of any trace of human activity. They are the theatre of our lives and give us everything that we are.
In return, we must show them respect and adapt to their Physical and Spiritual laws, whose mutual connections are as close as those between the cells we are made of.
Part of the privilege of artists and thinkers is to connect with the unknown, to perceive a vision of a probable or improbable future that comes into being from the moment it is imagined and that we so desperately require…
The mathematical formula of knowledge belongs to the field of science, but the extrapolation of the phenomena derived from it belongs to creators.
Their role in society is essential in these times of CHAOS.
Such is the meaning of my painting, and this ambition supports its existence. »
[EXTRAITS DES PENSEES.]
Excerpts from Blaise Pascal – Pensées – below the introductory text.
« Written over 3 centuries ago, this strangely contemporary text could have been the preface of a work by Stephen Hawking. »
The time of CHAOS
The system of values on which our society has built itself over the course of two centuries is swaying. It is devastated by the rise of individualism, the breakdown of the family model, frantic globalization, the looting of natural resources and the planned destruction of nature. Anxiety and incomprehension in the face of scientific progress and the complexity of ethical problems, the distrust of society and its leaders, spread cracks in our « affectio societatis. »
Our society is at the crossroads where its fate will be decided. Human conscience is adrift; humanity is confronted with a sense of generalized distrust and would seem to be living through a period of CHAOS: a loss of moral values, an absence of bearings and of long-term vision, instability and the rapid change of the tools we use in daily life.
We no longer control anything, because everything is happening too fast, sociologically, intellectually and societally. CHAOS is both microscopic, in matter’s deepest core, and macroscopic, at the heart of space.
« In my paintings, I endeavour to produce an intuitive representation of CHAOS: a destructured universe in random motion. Around a well of light, various shapes and energies gravitate at different speeds. Nothing is fixed, there is nothing but a glowing patch of light, a universe of expanding energies…!
My painting expresses itself through an intuition that is not rationalised; it bears witness to a different dimension that is uncertain, probable… a singular feeling of powerlessness that links me to Pascal’s thoughts on human nature. »
« THE DREAM »
« I search. I delve and rummage through the gallery of earthly things.
I don’t understand anything anymore, so what’s the point?
Peggy Lee sings: “Is that all there is?”… »
I hear that “among the aborigines, ‘the Dreamtime’ refers to the age that preceded the earth’s creation, a period when everything was spiritual and ethereal.
According to them, the dream still exists and may be reached for spiritual purposes. Through the Dreamtime, it is supposedly possible to communicate with the spirits and to decipher the meaning of life.
Some places have a “dream power” in which the sacred resides. Most aboriginal tribes believe that all life forms – plants, animals and human beings – belong to a vast and complex system of interactions whose origin goes back to the great spirits of the ancestors, in the age of the Dreamtime.
« My painting, at such times, expresses a way of fleeing this CHAOS and the consciously illusory search for a lost paradise, an enchanting DREAM.
One reinvents for oneself an idyllic, mental world, unhurried, intoxicating, slow and heavy, earthy and baroque, colourful, naïve and broad, soothing without even trying to be.
It solves nothing, however, and remains an artificial Eden, an individual mental drug… But what matters is that I am alive, happy to be so and to enjoy the use of my senses weathered by excess and moulded by insouciance and neurotic ecstasies!! »
OR THE SPIRITUAL APOCALYPSE!
« I wish to confront man with his failure, his inability to understand that there are spiritual solutions that he is forever destroying, whereas they could enable him to transcend himself, so as to live a life of happiness. »
Contemporary individualism distances us from humanism, from brotherly love, from sharing and from collective responsibility, and casts us out into a cold and disconcerting, dehumanized and directionless world.
« Our retirement homes are antechambers of death preceding the great scrap yard; our cemeteries become soulless waste disposal sites… what has our civilisation come to? »
Today, the spiritual values expressed in philosophy, religion and art are despised, forgetting the fact that every being is a living fragment of the primordial energy.
« My painting of Christ killed on the cross is a cry.
We have not understood Him; he looks down on us with an air of dying hope that is tenderly anxious, seeking in his last breath to find his balance on a silk thread… Man is a failing. The thread may snap at any moment… »
Where are the « PATHFINDERS » ?
« The perpetually moving skies teach us a life lesson. They are incessantly altering their shape, forever drawing towards perfection. A constant movement of shapes and colours imbued with lightness or heaviness, of thick, oily or ethereal textures and of icy or warm light, they symbolise life, the world’s continued existence… with or without humanity.
The sky elevates us; earth is our substance, from which we are made and that sustains us.
I believe that the vision of the 17th Century Dutch painters manifested a keener appreciation of the importance of the sky, which is, by nature, spiritual. Today, however, contemporary painters rarely represent the heavens. A new harmony is called for; meaning descends from above, reversing the conceptual relationship between Spirituality and Materialism. In order to create this new reality in which humanity will recover a harmonious sense of place, we must afford their proper place to the observers – artists, poets, writers, philosophers, theologians, sculptors, musicians, shamans… who are imbued with a spiritual perception of the world. »
Let us reinvent Humanity’s place in the Universe!
Let us reinvent society’s creative function by drawing on spirituality. Such is the existential challenge facing humanity in the 21st Century.
In CHAOS, Humanity should be capable of better reinventing itself.
For such is the paradox of matter. We must wrench ourselves away from CHAOS while never being able or willing to reject it. Humanity, in its essence, is also made of the primordial CHAOS.
This state of affairs must be dealt with as best it may.
Immanent CHAOS, intrinsic to human nature, in its very flesh!
But will Humanity prove capable of elevating itself, of rising up to the sky, to become assimilated, to suffer… et from there, to transform itself?
Should we not free ourselves from matter by reducing it to the essential?
« Today, there is a clear perception that the answer to Humanity’s true needs is rooted in Spirituality. We must now conform our actions to our beliefs. »
Is not our constant state of material need the manifestation of our inability to love, to know how to give and receive?
What we all experience, in the course of our daily lives, seems to be nothing but the reflection of a real need for love.
Coexistence of creations and the mysteries of parallel timeframes
« A cold perception of my paintings might lead one to think there were four or five different painters.
Such is not the case. These different styles are created simultaneously, in no specific chronological order, because they are the manifestation of a reality that exhibits possible, simultaneous universes, which become reality from the moment they are imagined.
The painter is a pathfinder, who sees what others do not or can no longer see, he perceives reality through a prism that is uniquely his.
According to quantum physics, it would seem that there are as many parallel worlds as there are successive moments… and the theory of multiple worlds described by Hugh Everett is one I find particularly attractive. »
Such worlds exist because the painter makes them visible to us.
The physical properties of matter at microscopic level, and especially the change of nature that affects the photon in the presence of an observational apparatus, influence our understanding of the universe. The observer’s gaze, and indeed possibly the artist’s eye, modifies the structure of the world. My paintings thus reveal a true facet of reality, an interpretation or a vision that comes to life out of the colours projected onto the canvas. Reality cannot exist without an observer.
The transposition of this property at macroscopic level implies the existence of an absolute observer beyond our universe – God? For would humanity otherwise exist?
We now understand that another reality exists, that which the “PATHFINDERS” experience and reveal; the eye of the painter, the ear of the musician, the hands of the sculptor, the brain of the philosopher, the voice of the shaman…
We must all work towards a new conception of man’s place in the universe.
Yet today, only economists and the political and financial elite are at work on humanity’s future…
Our fundamental sensory perceptions are expunged from our vision of the world, we cut ourselves off from nature.
It is the world of the “I” valued above the “Self”, the “I” being what I desire and the “Self” being my place in the universe in its ongoing process of creation.
Our ambient CHAOS is out of balance because the “Self” is diminished in favour of the “I”!!
« Individuality now appears to me to be nothing but an illusion. It creates an empty space between us, whereas we are all interconnected, synchronous, agitated atoms belonging to several spaces simultaneously; we are superimposed universes, simultaneously experiencing things that are different… in every sense of the word… with the supreme observer in the world of the beyond… »
There is no longer a universe, but a “multiverse” formed of interplanetary interconnections; time is no longer a journey; in the scale of values, it is concomitant to everything.
At the beginning, at the time of the Big Bang, we were united in a grain of creative energy, and we still are, both one and divisible.