We are delighted to welcome the French glass artist, Gérald Vatrin as part of our residency programme this year.
The artist visited our studio from 10th to 20th November 2020, to produce his major works as well as some new shapes that came into being right before our eyes, with the help of our team.
His work is both aesthetic and harmonious, with many of his works reflecting the mixing and InterWeaving of different cultural influences – MéTissage in French.
GERALD VATRIN @GéraldVatrin
Gérald Vatrin is a contemporary Glass Artist. Originally from Nancy and a graduate of the Epinal School of Fine Arts and European Centre for Research and Training in Glass Art (CERFAV), he has accumulated and cultivated art knowledge and know-how regarding several different art forms, including painting, sculpture, engraving, etc., although Glass is his primary mode of expression. Having travelled most continents, encountering different cultures and art forms, he discovered the ideal material for expressing himself as an artist: Glass. The pieces, of such vibrant delicacy, cold to the touch yet burning with light, pay silent, lively witness to a cultural melting pot that defines every aspect of his life. The design of the overall glass artwork is evident in shapes derived from nature, mainly characterised by a balance between calmness and bustle, activity and inactivity, the metric and dynamic principle, to produce shapes representing severity, strength and moderation. A rainbow of tactile and visual sensations, marked by the imprint of a special kind of refinement springs from every piece. Through his creations, the divine creative purpose, as the visible expression of the invisible and supernatural, aims to let us penetrate the meaning of life to a deeper extent. “Every culture remains authentic while being enriched through contact with other cultures” (Claude Levi-Strauss)
Wednesday 11th to Friday 20th November: Producing works of art. Unfortunately, not open to the public as the Residency took place during Lockdown and therefore during the government-ordered closure.
To round off this residency: Saturday 10th April 2021:
The artworks will be on display from 24th April to 5th June 2021, during the week-end of the European Arts and Crafts Days, in the “MéTissage” exhibition.