Philippe Pastor, “Earth § Metamorphoses”
#MONACO To think of the earth means for an artist to experience it carnally. Feeling your wounds is also suffering this tear that artistic activity reveals and cauterizes at the same time. For this purpose, Philippe Pastor takes mineral and vegetable substances from this wounded nature. He reveals the buried strength of it because for him art is a commitment to alarm us about the tragedies of the land, the forest or the sea, to denounce the climatic disasters that lacerate the trees and the fires for those ashes in which our world threatens to disappear.
The disappearance is indeed the challenge of these monumental paintings where the power of the gesture is measured by that of the elements. It is the central figure but also our fatal horizon if the human being does not succeed in reconciling himself with this nature which gives us life and to which we belong.
Art can then be this reparative act at the same time as it alerts us to the consequences of our excessiveness. But the artist’s gesture is erased in the very essence of the material, the leaves, the twigs, the pine needles, all this stringy nature that comes up against the artifice of the painter’s colour even when it results from natural pigments: Two lives, that of the artist and that of his environment, which confront each other but communicate in the threat of the same annihilation.
We are summoned to the heart of an artist’s approach: Disappearance certainly, but for what new form? Philippe Pastor responds with the bursting of an anger, a burst of nature as if it, of itself, were pushing its cry, exhibiting the stigmas of the sufferings that were being inflicted on it. Eruption of colors and debris after the apocalypse. But there are however these totems which rise up, these trees burned in bronze for a semblance of eternity: the ultimate trace of hope.
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