The creative, painted book sculptures of Pascal Courcelles quickly caught my eye at the “Paris Art Fair”. I wanted to know more about the sculptures and the artist.
I am always curious about the stories in people’s lives. Why did they choose their path?
This thirst for more sent me traveling from Paris to his studio outside Brussels.
Pascal’s passion for his work was quickly obvious as he talked about the inspiration for the book sculptures. His deep belief that “books” are such a foundation of life gave him the vision to include his life in his work.
The books are not just any books…but rather books from his parents and grandparents, books on art, books with knowledge, even a cookbook! Books are no longer left alone on shelves but are now seen and enjoyed.
Making his life part of his art continued in other works. The colorful tower is made from a year’s worth of his used paint tubes!
Old postcards received from friends are painted and given new life.
Talk about Living Green!!
Pascal Courcelles, an artist sharing his life mixed with his love for color.
In 2013, after a long day in Paris, I was at last ready for dinner. I was in my favorite Montmartre section of Paris and peeking through restaurant windows to discover the right mood among diners to say, “yes, this is the one.” I often select a restaurant or cafe’ more on the ambiance than reading the posted menu. I ask myself, “would I be happy here?”
I never miss an opportunity to glance into shop windows as I often find my most cherished pieces by accident. My hunger was put on hold when I discovered on rue Audran a small shop window filled with one-of-a-kind cafe’ size cups…each with its unique nose and lips.
The young woman artist and creator, Alice Lothon, was still inside working at her pottery wheel where she creates each piece one at a time. I loved all of her pieces…cafe’ size cups, cafe’ au lait bowls, and even large table-top size pieces. She could see my enthusiasm and between my not-so-good French and her not-so-good English, I learned the story of how she came to create her vision.
The next year, I brought my 12-year-old granddaughter to Paris and took her to Alice’s shop. Alice remembered me AND my enthusiasm and she treated my granddaughter like family.
What a great surprise, our connection a year earlier led to Alice taking my granddaughter under her wing. Sitting side-by-side around the small pottery wheel, Alice taught her how to make her own unique cafe’ cup. More importantly, Alice showed her the soul of people we meet in travel.
Many people would just pop into Alice’s shop and buy some cups to take home. My granddaughter and I took home life-long memories!
Art can be small but deliver a big impact!
Even though less than 10″ long, the sculpture was like a magnet, pulling me to view and view some more.
Wu Junyong’s, “Arm Pointing To The Distance”, was hung on a large blank wall in small Shanghai gallery. The tapered extended finger fueled my imagination and didn’t allow me to be stuck in the now….but propelled me to what “might be”.
World Travel does the same…allowing us to see what might be.
Wu Junyong, born in 1978, is one of China’s new generation of artist developing fresh, unique art and messages. Some even think Junyong may be the most important artist in China today!
His art often “tells us what we know but are afraid to talk about”.
Christin Kalweit, in Ifagallery, chose barbed wire to send her message: “There is no innocence, only different levels of responsibility.”
In her art…the razor wire seems to be harmless, not revealing its true purpose.
“the refined blades / our words / thoughts / decisions / actions / reactions just keep on rolling / neglecting the traces left behind.”
This message has crept into my mind often and in only a few weeks had me rethink and make some changes.
China’s art opened my eyes!