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The Agony of "La MER de GLACE" ( TheSea of Ice) Collage

alain clément


Collage, Paper on Paper

Size: 7.5 W x 11.4 H x 0.1 D in

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The “mer de glace” in Chamonix is a fantastic site on the descent from Mont Blanc; it is disappearing today, reduced day after day to a fossil rocky state, this by the madness of men attached to "commercially exhausting" the mountain; global warming and intense road traffic further accentuate its decline. In this collage, a tiny young woman of today, very short dressed, as if on a rocky beach, walks towards a crowd in black, the color of mourning today, but which would have walked through it wrapped up and respectful at the beginning of the last century. A thick layer of eternal snow and ice a short time ago, seems to give way here to an arid desert or a lake and tourist landscape, which we can admire from the comfort of a bar terrace... Magritte's bird seems to desert this catastrophic development that everyone in the valley can contemplate by the collapse of the glaciers, the most famous, overlooking the road being that of "Bossons". This vision is heartbreaking!

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Collage:Paper on Paper

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Size:7.5 W x 11.4 H x 0.1 D in

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I was born in Le Vigan, small town in the South of France. I studied at the Universty of Montpellier Pharmacy and Medecine. I owe to Marc Dautry, classic engraver and sculptor (Montauban), to have been very early initiated to the field of Art. Later I met the surrealist painter, Bernard Louedin (Trebeurden), and developped a passion for this movement. I live and work now in Haute-Savoie near Annecy (France) and Geneva (Switzerland). At first glance my activity as Dr in medical biology did not predispose me to the practice of collage and photomontage if not my passion for Art,photography, surrealism, specially Man Ray, Dora Maar, Lee Miller, Max Ernst, Magritte and Hannah Hoch. My meeting with Josephine Sacabo, american photographer, was decisive; she introduced me to this art, and incited me to "always shift forward the reality". And this the way each of my collages is inspired by transposing fragments of live, where feelings, fantasies, and personal concerns are mingled. Beyond the resear that each project involves (magazines of art or photography, newspapers, photos, advertisings), beyond the time splent for realizig the work, beyond aesthetic concerns, the final result often emerges from these contengencies, and escape from the original idea, to become another, only remains the sincerity.

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