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Roots of ceramics : a link for sale. Its complexity and value require some explanation. This object thus claims its link with its successors over time, to the potter and his wheel. That's why it's presented in a dynamic with contemporary works. Beyond the documentary interest that it may anecdotally represent for archeology, this work is a timeless symbol of this link of creation that unites man to clays and to rocks, a link man uses now for centuries in its most accomplished phase by using sandstone, faience, porcelain. Today, no equivalent is known to this object elsewhere in the world: it perpetuates the vocation to be a unique work.
A sculpture representing a couple of origins through an animal figure representing strength.
The object of 7 x 7 x 7 has been very little cleaned. The material is extremely soft, absorbs easily moisture, has the same characteristics as the limestone powder that is purchased as decoration to mold basins etc. There was no chemical analysis of its composition.
The idea is that grinding limestone to powder and reconstituting it in a block allows to work directly with the hands or with a very soft material, without leaving the rough edges of a stone punch for example.
So the author of this 10000 years or more work had as objective to print in the material the softness of the gesture as related to that of the final aspect of the work, maybe to try to suggest to us the softness of the link uniting the 2 figures represented.
One of the two elephants is in withdrawal. This is a round bump, so the idea was to figure the movement and the idea of being 2.This object can stand on its base and on a flat support.It is also intended to be viewed in view from above, and of a size to hold it in the palm of the hand for example.
It is presented in association with a work of the visual artist Kyriaki Moustaki '' taureau de Naxos" who also, perpetuates a culture made of an abundance of techniques which is not confined to the only work of the clay but experiments all types of materials from the ground and introduces them into language: the objects '' speak to us ''. A figure of strength, however, it is also imbued with softness and this softness, combined with the traces of the shaping of the agile block that led to the modeling of its snout, incite one to think of the softness of the link beyond the technical prowess.
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