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BIO

I was born in Toulouse in 1987. I studied architecture in France, Norway, and Germany, before graduating in Paris in 2010. I worked as an architect before exploring other creative fields, and now live and work as a photographer and artist/designer in Paris, and sometimes in Mexico. I like to explore the full realm of design and creation at every scale, and to be close to the process of making objects. Most of my design work is strongly related to Arts & Crafts. When making pieces on my own, I prefer to use scrap and cheap materials that I find or rescue. Ultimately, they are all influenced by the places I visit and where I live.


"Waste and Sand" portrait by Ivan Isker.







PROCESS

I am a collector, gatherer, observer and designer; always being attentive to the impact of my production. My designs are marked by my childhood in the South and its colours; My eye was sharpened by my training as an architect, and by my regular visits to Mexico. I have observed that everything thrown on the lands or in the seas reappears, carried by the wind or the waves, in the trees or on the beaches. I make sure to provide a positive impact for this waste, in order to give it a second chance. I don’t see the point in producing new materials when many already exist, and can be reused. This is for me an infinite source of inspiration, because I am convinced that creation is both born from encounter and constraint. My desire to create is instinctive, driven by the materials around me, and arises from a need to produce something with little premeditation. I combine sand (a natural material collected during my travels), with polystyrene waste (collected in the street or on construction sites). I mainly design "shaped pieces" or "shaped paintings", in order to build a collection of decorative objects. I love the lightness and fragility of polystyrene, and that it sometimes has already very sculptural and inspiring shapes. I love the uniqueness of sand, its appearance, sizes, and colours, which vary from one territory to another. I proceed by covering the polystyrene form with layers of sand. I use varnish / glue (which can be made naturally), or leftover paint (that I collect on construction sites). By working on the contrast of something that looks heavy but is extremely light, I appeal to illusion. I mix a rocky and earthy appearance with colour, in order to play on this ambiguity between nature and artifice. To expand my technical skills, I sometimes use 3d printing (with a biodegradable polymer). It allows me to design shapes that other materials don't allow me to explore. My approach is committed, but does not want to be constrained by labels. I am convinced that everyone, on their own scale, can create with few things. This is what interests me and what I encourage through my work.













INTERNS

Many thanks to the super :
Barbara Burg, Elisa Pavillon, Charlotte Lachery.






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CONTACT

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