OONA GWELLOC"H




Le sable pour sortilège



« Travailler le sable , c’est sculpter à l’envers, c’est “ressouder” les grains entre eux , et modeler la pierre. Ce n’est pas creuser, mais construire un nouveau volume, dans toute sa fragilité. » Ainsi Oona gwelloc’h évoque t’elle son plaisir à minutieusement, doucement, bouleverser la nature. Sans jamais, bien sûr, lui manquer de respect.

Le sable, donc: L’artiste le colore, pigments en poudre minérale, ou végétale, qui soudain font corps et âme avec les grains, alliance chaude, mate, d’une inégalable profondeur, plongée ensorcelante d’une nature vers une autre, comme une évocation des cycles de transformation, après la Vie , la mort, et de nouveau la vie.

Entre peinture et sculpture, ensuite, il s’agit de travailler la matière en fines couches successives, mille feuilles instinctivement composé, au fil d’un geste inlassablement répété, mouvement méditatif grâce auquel atteindre une dimension inédite, de l’infiniment petit -le grain- à l’infiniment grand - le cosmos- de l’hier au toujours, de la réalité à l’intemporel.

Empreints de thèmes symboliques ou mythologiques, Les « sablés » d’ Oona gwelloc’h racontent tous une histoire d’outre-monde, fossiles d’art qui disent l’au-delà. Un au-delà serein, d’emblée inscrit dans l’éternité.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

woodcraft, commissioned work and the unknown


I must write today about a lesson I have learned recently. 
With my creative mind , I did not realised, until recently,  that people could expect a hand carved wood piece to be duplicated, but it is what I just experienced with the last commissioned I have made. :( 
Let me explain and tell you the story for you all to understand , if you care .

Somebody approached me recently to order a similar piece as this pic below . 



This piece was a commission as well, done over a year ago.  Hand carved in ash wood . It was ordered to be a present.  I believe,  a very special spiritual present from somebody that had a very strong intent of love and who certainly understood deeply the dimension of the spirituality of her loved one . 
All along this work , I could feel the energy of both of them and I could tell that in carving the stag head and antlers , about their relationship to the Celtic God of Wilderness , Cernunnos. It was to me a privilege to work with such an understanding ! :) 
Then THIS piece came out , reflecting their intents and the energy of Love behind it . 
I, of course,  was very please with the result and thanks goodness , they were too . 
 This is a very clear example that not only my self taught skills are into my work , but the energy of the subject I'm carving , and the energies of the intents of my customers. 

Knowing all that , I always say to my new customers that want to have a similar piece of a previously done work , that they have to expect differences . The wood itself is directing the shape of the craving , then the energy of the subject too , and then the energies of the person ordering the piece as well. 
IT IS THEN IMPOSSIBLE TO MAKE TWICE THE SAME PIECE ! 

Do understand too that there is no competition from one piece to an other in my view, they must not be compared . To me,  they are all unique and I love them all. They are all my babies that came out through me, with the love of a mother. 
I am always happy of my work, because they are all made with Love, and the sum of all energies explained here above . 
Then , imagine my amazement , when this last customer told me : " I don't believe that you can be satisfied with this work you have done " ( something like this ... ) and in a very condescending and disrespectful way. 

Here is the piece that she was unsatisfied with : 




Oh yes , they are different , since I do not copy my own work, never ! It is still the representation of a Spirit that is very powerful , known to be untamed , since he is the spirit of Wilderness itself ! lol 
I love them both , but this story taught me a lot : 
I will be from now on,  much more specific about commissioned work based on a existing piece with future customers . I will say that I can work with the same spirit for them , but it will come out the way It wants to come out ! Please do understand that I do not work like a factory , but on every piece I work with all my love to all spirits involved in the process and I only do my very best , with the deepest respect to the craft that choses me, and that I'm so passionate about. 
Never think that I did not put all what I have in it , and never under considerate your own intent in the process . 

On that good note , I'm thanking again all the souls that I worked for , all my previous customers that had such confidence in my wandering, my faith and my humble skills ! I want you all to know , how grateful I am , that you allow me to do what I Love to do , that is a pure gift that makes my life Beautiful , and that certainly, makes me a better person . 



Thanks to you all , thanks to The Universe , Thanks to the Mother and all her children ! Spirits , Gods and Goddesses , I'm deeply grateful for my life of the past , for the Moment here and now and what I became , and for the confidence I have in what's ahead of me ! 

Nine waves of Peace to us all , and the worlds. 



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