JE PENSE, CAR JE SENS, DONC JE SUIS. Ceramic mural in Manhatan. NYC 2014

Meanwhile I was in touch with HOLIDAY magazine for the interview, I’ve been introduced to Aurelie Biderman who came to my studio for a chat and offered me to create a mural for the new store she would open in Lafayette street, downtwon Soho. I proposed to create something diferent, and we met David, a great artesan from Beacon.

LE PENSEUR. Ceramic mural in NYC
LE PENSEUR. Ceramic mural in NYC

I took the train by the river and went to work with him for a few days cutting fresh clay and seeking color alchemy in his studio.

David was placing fresh ribbons of clay of 50x70cm, I would cut them with a knife, smoothly, trying not to hurt the clay since she has memory, and would distort if being to rough. I eventually found a great pleasure when having the hand driving the blade softly through the soft matter.

Here is a few picture of the tests..

PROFILE. Freestyle with knife on clay ribbon.

 

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PROFILES. Freestyle with knife on clay ribbon.

It feels like being able to melt materia without fire. But the fire came next, during the research of colour.

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Color test at MODKRAFT Studio. NYC

 

I first had to found the proper drawing considering the context…it was hard, in a time of many travels, little serinity becuase of the fight against time and space…I finally found a way, An attitude. The one of someone about to do.

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JE PENSE PUIS ME LANCE. First sketch. Pencil on paper. 2014
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JE PENSE CAR JE SENS, DONC JE SUIS. Chosen sketch. Pencil on paper. 2014

 

Once I found the message,  I had to do was to have my drawing at scale and cut all the shapes to have reference when cutting the clay. I realized I had to add curves because some chapes wouldn’t fit in the small ribbon, Then when I cut all these curves, we had to soft the edges with a songe and leave the pièces drying on wood plate.

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Work in progress. Paper cut. 220x120cm LE PENSEUR. 2014

Then David applied the combined pigments on the dried shapes and we went downtown to fix them on the wall. Because being made of organic matter, all of the shapes had shrinked of 13%. The puzzle was hard to put together but we were finally able to fix all of the tiles on the wall, one by one, following a large drawing I had to do around the puzzle.

Here are a few pictures of the process and result :

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Detail of the process while fixing the tiles on the wall. Remed 2014.

 

 

 

 

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Work in progress. JE PENSE CAR JE SENS; DONC JE SUIS. NYC 2014. Remed
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JE PENSE CAR JE SENS, DONC JE SUIS. Work in progress. Ceramic mural. 2014

 

LE PENSEUR. Handmade Ceramic mural in NYC.

LE PENSEUR. Ceramic mural in NYC.

LE PENSEUR. Ceramic on wall. 250x150cm. NYC
LE PENSEUR. Ceramic mural in NYC

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Thank you to Aurelie Bidermann, Adelaide, Marc & JR, & Modkraft.

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