What draws you to the material you work with, and why have you chosen the processes that you use in your work?
I did not choose the method of glass blowing. This is this process and this way of working that came naturally to me since my father whom I saw working every day already used this process, and that is also the specificity of our city. Biot is the first French city whose notoriety is coming from this know-how. I also work a lot with cold glass.
What themes do you pursue in your work?
I draw inspiration from nature and from what it offers in the most beautiful and purest form. But for a few years, I have been completely captivated by the Mediterranean, its landscapes, its cultures, its citizens, its wealth, its colors. My artistic work is therefore imbued with this inspiration and I create installations and pieces that offer a different perspective on these civilizations. I revisit old objects, like the amphora of my collection "Vestiges Contemporains".
What is your dream project?
I am working on a project that is close to my heart but that will require years of work. This project is about the Mediterranean and its civilizations. Of course, my dream would be to awaken consciences, and show that the differences between the Mediterranean peoples and others is wealth. I have the dream that this universal artistic project can defend at its level the values that are important to me: humanity and sharing.
If you weren't working in this field, what career would you choose?
I imagine that I never asked myself the question because I have been in this universe since my youngest age and I never saw myself doing anything else. If I had not worked with glass, I may have evolved one way or another towards an artistic career as my need for creation is visceral.
What's something about you that most people don't know?
I have inside of me stress and anxieties which, even with the years, do not stop growing. Only artistic creation frees me from my demons, and that's certainly why all my creations have something deeply serene and relaxing.
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