“Le pauvre canard” is a pseudonym.
A veil between me and the world.
I do not like people to look behind it. It is I who decides what can detach itself from my interior world and wander beyond this curtain and meet the look of others. This pseudonym is not only a veil but a bridge between me and the world outside. It is the way I have found to show my work. It's like the cloak of invisibility that protects the self and conveys the work.
Who is hiding behind the “pauvre canard”? An artist?
I would not know.
I have not attended art schools or academies. I have moved through the world of art as a model and I have observed it closely and intensely. I have met many painters and some of them have been good teachers. I have studied the basics of drawing. I have studied the basics of colour. Instinct did the rest. After all, all of my work has a strong instinctive nature.
At first, only the sheet of paper, the canvas, the cardboard exist.
Then an image surfaces within my brain. Basically bodies, figures, faces, heads.
I have always been fascinated by the strength bodies and faces engender and simultaneously detain. It is for this reason that I use them in order to convey feelings, moods and emotions.
Part of my work resides perhaps here – in an effort to free the energy confined inside these bodies and to free the hidden emotions behind a face.
To begin with, I release the image that is withheld in my mind and project it on a sheet of paper. My first task will be to shape it by means of quick rough pencil strokes. Then, my next step will be to confront it with colours that best express the emotion a body, a posture and a head conveys to me.
I love raw physical substance matter in general and I do not set any limit in the choice of materials or techniques in my works. I love experimenting with different means such as gypsum, varnish, oil and acrylic, ink and collage. I juxtapose them and simultaneously adopt collage techniques. I blend and mix without decency noble substances together with industrial raw materials. I proceed with no hinderance, simply guided by the need to free the emotion I perceive coming out of my medium. I am not looking for beauty or balance or graphic harmony. I feel that my work is accomplished if it strikes, if it conveys just like a punch in the stomach both positive or negative emotions.
I consider art as camouflaged illusion and emotion.
For this reason,I prefer the expressionistic and non symbolic use of colour and its indeterminacy, which I favour rather than the realistic completeness of a drawing.
The result is seldom comforting, it is more often disturbing, tense and chaotic. Maybe this is a need for camouflage rather than a choice of style. After all, are the forces that secretly animate the world irreducible and chaotic?
All my works are on instagram: @lepauvrecanard