My relationship with Rodin is a special one. Contrary to what people might think, my first discovery of his work didn’t turn me into an instant admirer. At this point I should mention that although it had been inside of me forever , I came to sculpture late, at age 27. So as a young sculptor my focus was on technique and gaining skills, which made me set him aside and look for sculptors whose works emphasised more on the technical aspect. I knew it was necessary in order to become confident as a young sculptor.
However, over time something interesting happened gradually: the more my technical ability grew, the less I was interested in technique. At some point I actually had to take a distance from it because it was hurting the passion that led me toward choosing this life as an artist. A life of turning impulses of inspiration into sculptures that would move the observers. In this period, many things changed in my life. Looking back to it, it is now obvious that this stage was a stage of personal evolution, of solving and learning about myself as a man so the art can be a sincere strong expression of who I am. So yes, passion, masculinity, resilience, the gut to go against people’s expectations… These are traits that Rodin and I share. And today at this point in my life, the life and art of this old friend is certainly a major source of guidance. There aren’t many individuals who dedicate their life to sculpture in the world, even less so in France, and the long visit to Rodin’s museum in Paris recently revived my feeling of a sense of responsibility to prolongate this legacy. Merci pour tout Auguste Rodin.
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