A sense of place and the issue of where the individual is from or more importantly where they think they're from questions my work.
These paintings are the start of a new series entitled ' Luxe, Calme et Volupté' after the words of poet Charles Baudelaire who was referring at the time to the island of Mauritius - Ile Maurice- during his brief passage on the 'paradise island'.
They were made during my 3 week stay in Mauritius. An incredibly diverse and concentrated cultural, ethnic and aesthetic landscape, the island is in an ongoing war of man against nature- sustainable development is quasi inexistent and many government led economic enterprises threaten the fragile ecosystem. In a greedy race for capitalistic gain and an aggressive marketing campaign selling private coastal land to the 1% of the world, the current journey is down a steep and Rocky cliff road, in terms of social, economic and environmental stability.
The use of Baudelaire's words for this body of work is of course completely ironic. Yet, in being engulfed in this storm of experience while visiting the land where I was born, the profound beauty of textures and colors whether in architecture, cuisine or nature have infiltrated these abstract works which are completely also a celebration of Mauritius' sensuality. Beyond the initial confusion of forms, when one takes time to look, just as our eyes acclimate to a dark room and start seeing the shapes, portraits, screams, laughs, traces of bodies emerge. Art historically speaking, color references are connected to Matisse's Joie de Vivre and traces of Doig and Kippenberger's construction of space are present.