Ajoncs, Gorse flowers, wax, entomology pins, scent,Gorse Ulex, in bloom almost all year round in Brittany. These golden yellow flowers... Read More
Gorse flowers, wax, entomology pins, scent,
Gorse Ulex, in bloom almost all year round in Brittany. These golden yellow flowers exude a strong scent of coconut in full sunlight. Attractive by its scent and its brilliance, it is a repulsive bush, almost impenetrable, because of its twigs covered with thorns.
These flowers, bursts of sun in the Breton gray, have often reminded me of the hot summers in my native southeast. And this scent instantly reminds me of the scent of summer, of bodies tanning on the beach, the crashing of the waves, the flirtatious displays ...
Taken here, they are pinned to the wall with delicacy, as if taken from a photograph of the landscape. Covered with wax, they will slowly fade during exposure. But their scent, falsely enhanced, will remain, to attract the viewer as the flower does with insects. This joint work between image and smell interests me because it calls on several senses and re-activates memory. The smell is a trigger for memories that are linked to the experience, to family stories, to history. For me, is it about evoking, instilling a sensation, a memory perhaps?
However all this remains, it is fleeting, it disappears.
Heavily inspired by the Japanese aesthetic called wabi-sabi, I seek to stimulate attention to the details of existence, as well as the beauty of understated and often overlooked aspects of the natural world. For me, it is about my inclination to this concept of trying to get rid of impermanence.
"Wabi-sabi is the beauty of imperfect, impermanent and incomplete things. That's the beauty of atypical things. "