Jephan de Villiers
Its world is populated strange characters and animals in the middle of boats, of carriages, parchments and unknown penmanships. Its creatures are carried out starting from natural elements, sheets, wood, carapaces, branches, sand, ground, mud, collected in the Forêt of Look after in Belgium where he saw 1977 with 1999, or on banks of the Estuaire of the Gironde (Bois floated found on the shore) where he resides from now on.
Most of its work is inhabited of its moving small creatures, the people of Arbonie, with the eyes and the mouth, large open of sideration: “ With the edge of Arbonie, I discovered the edge of the world and the organ of the sea ”. Arbonie is thus the name of this imaginary world, holder of an imaginary antiquated civilization, that the artist progressively builds his dawdlings in the forest of Look after, and by traversing wood, the fields, the moors and the beaches of the Saintonge.
It collects there all that his/her friends, the trees, offer to him: branches and brushwood, barks, sheets and seeds, shells and stones. The humus is for him the symbol of died and the life, and it is this mystery which animates its universe and makes communicate the strange one, the distance, hidden which it can make emerge primitive nature: “ These voyages through the wood and the face of the man enable me to put in parallel the memory of the ground and the memory of the men. ”
2000 : With the space of arts of Rurart at the time of “ Messengers of the ground ”
- Of June 2004 to January 2005, with space Rurart Rusted: exposure “ Mémoires of ground ” of a whole of parts carried out between 1984 and 2004, accompanied by an original sound creation of Eric Put It.
“ Thousand and three breaths of bark, or the last forest goes from there” (1990)
- “ Fragments of memory ”
- “ Bâtons of the wind ”
- “ the Organ of sea ” out of floated wood
List of artists in contemporary art
Foundation Jephan de Villiers in Brussels
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