BIAC. Biennale of Contemporary Art. Martinique Island.

During November, I’ve been lucky enough to be flying to Martinique island, in Caraïbes, in order to take part in the first biennale of Contemporary Art there. The mission was to create a mural of  more or less 10 by 8 meters.

CYCLOPE, FEMME GRENOUILLE, & ASTRONAUTE

CYCLOPE, FEMME GRENOUILLE, & ASTRONAUTE. Spray on wall. Martinique Island. 2013

As i choose to arrive virgin of prejudice or stereotype where I go, The first thing I did there, such as in most of the place I visit, was to learn about the most ancient Art of the region. So I go in the street talk to people, learn about the legends, and visit the Archeology or/and Anthropology museum rather than any other. It’s where I find what i need to find. It s where wisdom and knowledge, when not hidden, is exposed.  And there…I’ve been very inspired, feeling I was touching some of our lost memory.

PRECOLOMBIAN PETROGLYPHES. Guyana, brazil, puerto rico, guadalupe, cuba, haiti & around

ANCIENT PETROGLYPHS. between 10000 years old till unknown past. Caraïbe islands and lands.

While I was discovering the Museum of Archeology, alone because I guess neither tourists or locals are really onterested in that, I had the pleasure to be meet a woman who was interested and wise. At the end of my visit, she went into the archive files of the museum and gave me many sheets with the picture of what was ungraven into the rocks of this part of the globe.

And I’ve been blown away by its beauty and the links it has rebuilt into my mind. As you can see above,It was easy to notice that all the civilizations around caraïbes had a similar roots, or influence. A similar past exposed to our perception on these organic walls. So I stared, forgot, and created.

FEMME GRENOUILLE & CONGÉNÈRES

CYCLOPE, FEMME GRENOUILLE, & ASTRONAUTE. Mixed media on paper. 2013

Here is the first sketch followed by the second one which directed the final mural. The name of the piece is “CYCLOPE, WOMAN FROG, & ASTRONAUTE.” It’s my own interpretation of theirs. I hope you will enjoy, and maybe, it will remind you part of the collective memory we all shall recover.

CYCLOPE, FEMME GRENOUILLE, & ASTRONAUTE

CYCLOPE, FEMME GRENOUILLE, & ASTRONAUTE. Mixed media on paper. 2013

Here are a few pictures of the process and result.

CYCLOPE, FEMME GRENOUILLE, & ASTRONAUTE

CYCLOPE, FEMME GRENOUILLE, & ASTRONAUTE

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CYCLOPE, FEMME GRENOUILLE, & ASTRONAUTE

CYCLOPE, FEMME GRENOUILLE, & ASTRONAUTE. Spray on wall. Martinique Island. 2013

CYCLOPE, FEMME GRENOUILLE, & ASTRONAUTE

CYCLOPE, FEMME GRENOUILLE, & ASTRONAUTE. Spray on wall. Martinique Island. 2013

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