Trois jours pour avoir osé voler une rose
Ondine Bréaud-Holland

Three days for daring to steal a rose
Ondine Bréaud-Holland

De la confusion spontanée du savon dans les eaux tranquilles
Catherine Macchi

Nous savons...
Alain Amiel

Etre d’aplomb. devenir intranquille
Ondine Bréaud-Holland

Crânes d’enfants et os iliaques
Ondine Bréaud-Holland

An artist in the garden of

Jacques Leenhardt

Une artiste dans le jardin

Jacques Leenhardt

Neery Melkonian

Ondine Bréaud-Holland

Quelque chose de Pompei mine de rien
Sophie Braganti

La disparition du modèle et sa reproduction
Enrico pedrini


Pensées en cours
Frédérique Nalbandian

Current thoughts
Frédérique Nalbandian

Jeune liane en bande velpo
Joseph Mouton

Le corps de sentir sous la coupe de voir
Joseph Mouton

Le baiser, Saint Jean Baptiste et la femme assise
Dominique Angel

Josph Mouton



practical approach ?
. modelling, moulding, construction
. work in situ : interest in spatial and architectural configurations as settings for execution, exhibition
. design : mixed techniques
recurrence ?
. soap, plaster, wax
. actions : tearing, crushing, breaking, sawing, throwing, washing, binding, plastering, encasing, strengthening, filling, emptying
. components : sifter, wire, chain, filter, water, net to collect plaster screenings
. colours : white, red, gold in modest quantity for inviolable figures
. by affectation : debris, flotsam and jetsam from the sea

preoccupations ?
. anti-illusionnist
. taking the reality of the material into account  would one get closer to something genuine ? no cheating  an art of behaviour
. substances : solid, liquid or gas, concepts of origins, life, freedom
. improvisation or "distortion" of form
. initial states of form  of what comprises elementary nature
. precarious expression, of the type hardly , hardship, about what is lacking, what is nothing, what is white/blank
. creation of poetic images with self-evidence as a constraint  a presentation that
follows naturally
. today, in the context of contemporary sculpture : a "re-materialisation" of form
. immanence
. questioning man s relationship with his surroundings : increasingly virtual
modes of organisation and communication  a sterile development
. recovering human qualities  what virtues ?
. romantic vision of the world
. memory/vestiges to fight against ignorance and oblivion
. Armenian origins - impossible to ignore the genocide : "methodical destruction of an ethnic group" (definition in the Petit Robert )

how to proceed ?
. empiricism
. maintain a direct rapport with matter, experimental approach
. dialectics : paradoxical, ambivalent, contradictory
. elaboration of form between the disappearance of the model and its reproduction  depending as much on its destruction as its construction
. fragment : recomposition by means of repair, consolidation
. imprint : negative print  creating a link between form and reality  a minimum distance
. covering hides or reinforces
. moulding : improbable  a modified reproduction, out of touch with reality
. "archeology" of corporeal states, physical reactions of matter, tactile sensations exposed in their fragility
. indices : wear and tear, traces, fractures
. soap and wax do not stick to plaster
. in situ pieces with soap : installation of simple mechanical devices whose aim is the evolution and transformation of its substance as it dissolves while on public exhibition  form constructs itself  uncontrolled  producing fragments or objects, ready to be reworked or not in the studio as new pieces

content ?
. white : dumb, a state of weightlessness  removing weight from reality
. gravity : falls
. soap recalls flesh, its various mutations, what is living
. its possible dissolving/dissolution : leading an existence that is dissolute or deprived of solutions
. it does not disappear  water evaporates, soap remains
. notion of "intellectual grooming" - of "personal dignity " cf. Francis Ponge, "Soap"
. existence, the body (organism), its fragility, vacuity, memory, life-span
. liquid
. red : blood  circulation  internal
. soap and wax used to remove things from a mould
. content / container
. hollow / vanity of resistance
. adaptation of the human being  who controls nothing

Nalbandian 2006, translated by Jill Harry