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.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

The Darkness of Sorrow and the Creative Fire .

I guess hard times are parts of life , and I must say this years I had my shares ! 2013 is the year that my marriage fail , my old cat of 18 passed , a close friend of mine also and then last week, one of my dog,  Tippy, got really sick, I had to help her following her path to the Otherworld !
All these events brought a great deal of Sorrow and Sorrow has been a feeling that I come to tame with experience of it ! I noticed that if I removed the ego part of it , everything got a bit easier to bear !

It is not, of course,  as easy as these words are to write , but it is the path I want to take for my own safety. My losses are one thing, the cycles of life and death are an other much more important, it is where I find a bit of comfort and balance. Anyway , I do not have a choice , I can't create if I'm out of balance. through my work I seek the symbols and the inspirations of my ancestors, before me they seek the way to deal with Life within the cycles of Nature., and I sincerely believe that if it wasn't a better time to live , it was certainly more in tune with their Natural surrounding than how we live in our time. It is where I choose to Live, through these symbols, in the pictorial remains of their endeavours through the spirit world of Nature, and the Wisdom they brought back from these realms explored.

The equinox is coming. I just hope that "The Old One" will not follow, during the dark months,  the ripping of my life and the ones I love, but instead let me bring inside my studio the creative fire that I'll need to warm my soul, and work hard inside during the dark times of Winter.

My studio is almost ready for the season, I organised and prepared well I think! let's see what comes out of my donjon ! :)

May you all have a great Equinox , may the light and the darkness be kind to you all !

Friday, September 6, 2013


As usual I woke up really early this morning , I normally open the door right away and walk a little around the house, with my two dogs, to feel the weather and the smell of my day coming.
This morning I smell Fall in the colder wind! The pale blue coming up in the sky, before the Sun comes out , was pure but of a cool colour, also.  Here we are the Old One is coming once more, She is still far away but I can smell Her!

 I enjoyed tremendously this Summer , I stand under the Sky and Sun many days, doing some summer work , but also enjoying the company of our little tribe of friends here. Festive at times , sharing food and laughing , maybe drinking a bit more than usual , but here in Brittany it is part of what we do , we are joyful and happy drinkers mainly!  You know, that barbarian way of us !! lol ... Some say that it's a tale, but maybe not?!  ;)

However the wheel is turning , and I'm ready for a change. The studio also smells different this morning, I put up fabrics and materials out for clothing making. Soon, I'll be sitting at my work bench for hours, I will be in need of an other layer on my body as the mornings now are getting cold.

 The wood carving projects are prepared, one is sitting right next to me, ready for shaping. I have in writing all the ideas , inspirations that the summer brought. I have lots of work to do now.

It is always delicate to talk about work undone , even if they already exist in my head , and their energies are born, the making brings always the magic in the project , as the spider builds a web, sometimes hard physical work, or difficulties ...  anyway a learning curve! It is impossible to know what it will really be. I feel then , that the object is fully alive already and it has a soul on its very own, that will drive my hands, my soul to what it wants to be , how it wants to look and feel.
but that too, it is maybe a tale , or maybe not !? ;)

From darkness to light , or the art of communication ..

Well , here comes the time of communication ! Few friends recently rang me about my poor way to communicate and get my work out there !

You see,  I have more inspirations, ideas that I can make because I need tools and material to work , to do so many other projects . I work full time in my studio , but I must say I'm not really making a living ! Of course, I was ready for a hard ride when I stopped my daily job. Being born in an artists family , I know what a struggling artist life is !! However the worse is not the absence of money for my personal life , I know how to get by , I have little needs. What hurts the most is the restriction that I now feel in my art . If I could make a bit ore of money, I could create much more.

I had heard recently in couple of occasions , that I should get a "real job" , my feelings about that are twisted ! I want to scream out load that it is my reality , my work is ! My dream life is what I struggle into, why should I kill the dream I'm living!?? Even if it hurts sometimes , which kind of life doesn't hurt at all !?

I once earned what "they" call " a good living wage " , was I more happy than now !? I wasn't , I had a poor sense of freedom , barely no time for myself, no much time to spend the money I had, and when spending I was doing it poorly ! so in rush to GET stuff , or run away from it all buying plane tickets to go further , far from my own life! I did that for 15 years almost , then one day I fell from it all , and literally as metaphorically ! .... I now own nothing , but I feel more free than I was then . I'm now living my life on my ancestors land , I do not have to run anywhere anymore !

I found a kind of peace doing what I do, even in the struggle there is a space for peace in finding the time to reflect , think of what your needs truly are , make what you need yourself as much as possible . I like that better that buying stuff, I make things for me , that have a valuable function or that I find just beautiful to my eyes and soul ! 

Until now , I did not feel the need to share all these aspects of my life with the kind souls that follow my work here , or through the magical world of internet. Friends pointed out to me , that it is very difficult for people to understand an object if they don't know about the way it is made and by whom.  In a way I can relate to this idea , it is why I'm willing to say more about me and the way I work , and maybe even share a bit of my universe with some of you that might be interested.

Please bear with me the process , and be kind in your judgements of what you see , I'll try to do it in a kind way , and for the benefit of all living things involved .

May the road be bright , as I'm aware of the darkness and value It greatly !
May there be peace.