6. Introduction of the catalogue JAPONAISES

Painting to feel what, to verify what, and finally to do what? An accumulation of beautiful finds? No, but the yes, the yes of life, this crazy charm of life that resists all death. To experience your own life forces through the other. To arrive by him or with him at the evidence of the living which carries us in its push. With the inexplicable joy of painting in the unknown. A way of forcing death to wait. In my case, this involves the portrait of others. I cannot get tired of the disturbing reality of their impossible to reach bodies, I attach myself for a long time to the face, this part of the human body where inside and outside are mixed and where all its meaning comes together. (The face, says the Hebrew, is what is turned towards. It is, like the voice, the intimate exterior.) I pay attention to all the details, from head to toe, without false modesty, sometimes to the point of rawness, in the risk of proximity, in balance between emptiness and matter to organize their relationships. Construct images of the other, of an intense presence, solid, enlightening, precise, concrete, both structuring and contradictory, which ultimately will no longer be quite ordinary objects and are perhaps called upon to surprise me. live … Create links in the material of the world, with those who inhabit it, avoiding the dead ends of the artistic and remaining extremely discreet …