Newsletter n°3 - may 2018

Camy, French Sculptress

Hello Everyone,


Visitors to my gallery immediately perceive the importance of Japan in my work.

Is it a source in which I draw or a subject that is obvious to me?   

The answer is complex and touches upon the field of creation and its mysteries!

The Land of the Rising Sun is a fellow traveller on my creative path.

My vision of Japanese culture is a Western one and probably idealized, but it does not matter ... it deeply feeds my imaginary and for a very long time!

Today I 'll take you up to Japan  and we'll connect to the past ...




 Many books and exhibitions are dedicated to the images of the floating world "ukiyo-e" and its numerous artists, from Moronubu, precursor of the genre in the XVIIth  century, to Hiroshige or Hokusai in the XIXth century.


A particular novel is full of treasures in the field of these images and is an exceptional goldmine for me ...


The Tale of Genji *, written in the 11th century, permeates Japanese culture and even today inspires cinema, theater, manga and animated films.  

It is impossible to summarize this immense work,where there is talk of love, betrayal, politics, culture...All of which is written in a poetic and symbolic style, clearly disconcerting for the uninitiated!

* Genji is an emperor's son who can't claim the throne.

  As a sculptor, what basically interests me is the abundant illustrations, prints but also rolls and paintings, that have been made over the centuries and that have given rise to a particular type of paintings, the Genji-e.

Beyond the aesthetics appeal of drawing, I am sensitive,above all, to the very architectural way in which the clothes are arranged around the characters.

Special emphasis is placed on the way the fabric falls and this intertwining seems to create a landscape in itself that develops a life of its own.

I love to explore this aspect and thus have the sensation of drawing in space, playing with waves, staging subtle movements and creating softness and firmness at the same time.


This is "Belle de Kyoto" in bronze, which I "extracted" from these images,bringing it to life in three dimension.

My personal interpretation of The tale of Genji...

A flower woman ,lost in her fabric.

These images, an expression of a different time,are a gift to my artistic approach to scupture, where lines and volumes are essential axes of my work.


All these folds, overlaps,intertwined lines, which I seek both to preserve and to simplify are particularly inspiring to me!

 For those interested in the subject, a small bonus on the author ...




How wonderful !

The writing of this major work of Japanese literature is attributed to a woman!

A lady of the court in the service of Empress Fujiwara Akiko duringthe Heian period.

We also know her diary and a collection of her poems , as one of the thirty-six greatest poets of all time. 



" It is a woman who has the genius, the sense of social variations, of love, of the human drama, of the way in which beingscome up against the impossible. We did not do better in any literature 

Marguerite Yourcenar, French writer, in " Les yeux ouverts" 

Do you know Genji-e ?   

 Am I the only one to fall in love with these beautiful drawings ;-) ?

I look fordward to hearing your thoughts...


Back to my April newsletter , inviting you to come and visit me in Gordes. Many of you are still hoping to come and some of you have already been. It is always a pleasure to welcome you in my gallery ! 


In my next newsletters, each month, I'll talk to you about my sources of inspiration , my tools, my  artistic "coups de cœur",my new ideas ,in short everything which makes up my work and why it still is and always has been a passion for me. 


I look forward to beginning  this new encounter!


See you soon !   


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