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My work is rooted in patience and time, each picture
owing its own history from a place or a trip. 
 
They are essentially made of tropical vegetal matter.
 
Having lived for a long time in the amazonian forest, cut off villages and trails,
save some waterways, I began in 1992 using
tree leaves and flowers as other artists would do
with oil or acrylic.
 
Marvelling at the wilderness, the diversity of the shapes
and textures in the vegetal world, I explore their fragility,
using preferably weathered elements,
munched by insects,
mistreated by a sometimes hostile environnement,
in order to create abstract landscapes, revealling
their delicateness and their beauty.
 
My pictures are nevertheless not ephemeral.
No gluing could stand the test of time, would the long sequence
indispensable to their preparation not being adhered to.
Leaves are pressed in place one by one. 
Apart for a few exceptions, the progresssettles at one vegetal élément
per day and per picture.
I have to adapt to each variety specific structure, allowing time
to discover their sensitvity, until we have tamed each other.
 
Some of these works needed a full year of work, excluding
the collecting and drying phases. 
Leaves are sometimes so thin, or so degraded,
that simple manipulation is impossible.
The supports then become aquatic and I can only
position them while they are immersed.
The glues I use are organic, only these will not dry the matter,
which would otherwise split and break.
 
Hundreds of elements, flower petals, fragments of leaves,
fibers, pigments or bark paper,
collected while travelling on several continents
may mingle in a single composition,
each adding to the creation of depth and movement.
 
I am fond of playing with the visible and the invisible, what exists
and what can only be guessed.
I superimpose, playing with transparencies,
plant glimpses of light andshadowy areas
in a constant quest of balance and disparity.
 
My pictures are gardens, lost or imaginary,
peaceful spaces in which spirit can nest for an instant
 
A tentative approach of our humanity through the echo of a benevolent energy, 
the sketch of a generous promise in our relation to the world.
 

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