Until 30 October, a nature exhibition will take place in the Grand Pic Saint-Loup.
In the village of Saint-André-de-Buèges, where tranquility reigns, a spider has just woven its web. This spider is Jeanne Bourrat, graphic designer, from the region. For this 6th edition, she placed pink ribbons between the town hall and the church wall, a listed historical monument, in her childhood village: “I spent two days on scaffolding to lay 16m long lycra strips.”
Associated with nature and culture
A few kilometers away, Mathilde Caylou, a glass artist from Alsace, was directly inspired by the source of Buèges by creating Re-floweringa curtain of blown glass drops rises to the sky, like a shower. “I wanted to create a poetic image that illuminated the beauty of the place”she explains.
The two women are among the six contemporary artists who exhibit their naturalistic creations in harmony with the landscape. These works, commissioned by Claire Schneider, exhibition curator, are imbued with the story of the village where they take place, and of course directly inspired by the imagination of the creators. “The whole work is not only the production of the artist, but also the landscape in which he moves.”
In Saint-Martin-de-Londres, Yohann Crepin formed The trees of life whose seeds symbolize life and derive their strength from water, an essential commodity for their growth. It is for this reason that his work is over the fountain of the village. IN stelae, Charles Malherbe gives a testimony, more sensitive to current changes related to the fragility of the ecosystem. It urges the public to question the incipient decline of the materials used: Gazé, Pélobate and Ouarde canepetière.
In Saint-Jean-de-Buèges, it is Invasion 3E by the visual artist from eDline and the panels by the engraver Vincent Diéuze that captures the gaze of the visitors and the 190 inhabitants. Hoping to conquer the public … or not definitively, because Jeanne Bourrat “understand that people do not agree. The most rewarding thing is to discuss your personal interpretations”.
“Engaged is a word I like”
Why did you say yes to directing the exhibition?
For I have already been an exhibition curator in public and natural spaces and the places where the works are found appealed to me. And it’s a challenge for me to work in an area I know less well. I like working with the public and in particular with the residents to present the exhibited works. I place great emphasis on cultural communication in my work.
The works are arranged in nature. Are you not afraid of injuries?
In previous editions, Pic Saint-Loup has already experienced it, but the works were far from the villages. This year’s creations are on display for those closest to the inhabitants, at the very place where they live. When we explain to them the reason for the presence of a work in their place, their perspective changes because they see their village differently. They thus become ambassadors for the work. Transfer of respect is also what cultural communication allows.
In the works, art is very much in line with nature. Can we then say that the exhibition is engaged?
Committed is a word that I really like. Today, I think you can not be an artist and remain indifferent to the world around you. Artists are said to be world citizens, and many messages in the productions of this edition reflect issues related to animal extinction, drought, climate change. But the creations refer above all to the image the artists have of the village where they exhibit. When I placed an order, I asked them to learn about the heritage, the biotope and the inhabitants so that their works are embodied by a story.
On the trail of artistic creations …
This year, the work focuses on five municipalities in the Buèges Basin: in Saint-Martin-de-Londres is The trees of life by Yohann Crepin. By crossing the Hérault River at Causse-de-la-Selle, Charles Malherbe exhibits stelae. 9 km later there re-flush by Mathilde Caylou in Pégairolles-de-Buèges. You must then follow the crystal clear waters of the river to Saint-Jean-de-Buèges, to see the eDline monster and Light by Vincent Diéuze. The cycle ends Vibes by Jeanne Bourrat in Saint-André-de-Buèges.