A square of ground, 450 m2, and surrounded with reeds adorns wind on highly-rated left and lined, to the right, by a field of melon. A surface which it was necessary to prepare, by raking it, as we coat a canvas of apprêt.
As a painter becomes soaked with the still white canvas or a sculptor of the shapeless mass into which he is going to breathe the life, I recognized at first the characteristics, the geographic harshness of the ground for better, through him, to dread all the steps which walked on it, to interpret, at some point, all the messages that he was able to record in the course of time.
Make appear from this familiar ground, so full of my imprints and among which the imprint, itself, remains engraved in my memory, a new expression jusqu ‘ then unknown and nevertheless so alive.
Take place in the center of the field, think of this new expression by foreseeing a sight of at the top.Put itself in spirit, in weightlessness. Horizontal vision.
Then, as the ploughman, of a sure and serene step, I drew, of a single line(feature), without hesitance and without error, the first sketch, a first drawing in white.
A portrait with black features on a white hole stained with blue.
Blue, royal colour, symbol of a realm, a marking of territory.
Blue eye. Asymmetry of the portrait. Furrows as irrigated veins, roots back to front.
Intervene by means of agricultural means, directly or symbolically, to increase the peculiarity of surfaces proposed as a supplement to the already existing drawings.
A field works itself.
Use a motorized cultivator to draw deep furrows following the outlines of a human face. A spade to dig eyes and mouth.
A farmer sows his seeds.
Scattering pigments in furrows, eyes and mouth. Use only the symbolic colours: the sovereign blue and the white virginals. Distribute them each on a side of the furrow, make blue eyes, clear the mouth and the hair.
Essential role of the light which allows life.
The shadow of reeds creates the impression of hair.
The position of the sun defines the reliefs of the drawing, its hollows and bumps.
The light, coupled with the wind which tosses about the reeds, adds movement on the left. The hair moves, vibrates. To the right, a strip of spices, left such as it was, in a wild state, the cheek, in the evening, in the same way. Furrow V. Angle an edge of which is taken in the shadow when the other one is for the light. Passage of is in the West of the sunlight. Evolution of the artwork. Mobile portrait. Alive portrait. Games of shadow and light.
Continuation of the face by the surrounding surfaces.
The face not enclosed in a square but which guesses by these openings, by what is not printed. The unspoken.
The water makes live a culture. The water gives the life to the work.
In the Southern fields, the canals of irrigation are installed on edges. The water arrives at the level of the neck, pours, clearing itself a passage in furrows dug for that purpose. It absorbs the first pigments, natural, diluables, is colored before spreading along the outlines of the face, in eyes and mouth. The finished circuit, it stands out (goes out again) from the other one esteemed by the neck. A dam prevents a supplementary influx and the water reduced in the ground leaves its tracks in the form of deposits of colour by this there. The water fertilizes the ground.
Work revealed thanks to the water by the set of the contrasts of the diluted colours. Irrigation of the maternal centre of the head. Journey in the center of the human being.
The size of this sculpture-fresco being accommodated to that of the ground, difficult to perceive the totality on the ground. Photos, taken by helicopter, allow, also, in a certain way, to play with the whole space, giving the work its true dimension.
Result: the vague plot, now corrected, fitted out whose truth was fleeting.
Drawing, tattoo, carving, modelling of a plan anthropomorphe which does not wait either for reproduction, or for perpetuity, and exposes itself to the swaggering and the ravages of time. At the mercy of the wind, of the rain, of the entertainment or of the “iconoclastic” boldness of a passer-by: insect, animal or human being.
The life given, so delivered unto itself, is the mystery of nature. A dynamic metamorphosis but short-lived. Try in no way to hasten its evolution. Leave a total freedom.
Respect the laws of a fate which we, as humans, ignore.