WETHER ANCIENT OR CONTEMPORARY, SIMPLE OR CEREMONIAL, KIMONOS FASCINATE AND INSPIRE ME.
During my stay at the Ceramic center of Shigaraki in Japan in 2011, I took the opportunity to visit a few kimono exhibitions, showing their great richness and diversity.
I had already explored this traditional garment many times in my work, loving to play with the folds of the fabric, but on my return to France another approach was born.
I wanted to make my own kimono, life size and present it on a rack inspired by those I had seen in Japan.
The approach is new to me, being used to casting in the round, because it is a vertical and flat presentation, as are real cloth kimonos.
First I chose steel, a material that I had never worked before and that I coloured in various shades of brown and gold. I played with the idea of a piece that would have gone through time and should have kept the traces of a bygone past, like the ones of samourais with their very specific armour.
A second one was born quickly, in stoneware plates with patterns of autumn leaves.
Collection: Les Grands Kimonos dimensions: 180 x 190 x 50 cm
In 2013, I showed two pieces at the Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, which takes place each year at the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris :
“Shogun” in bronze and the “summer kimono” in steel.