If I had to describe these works, I’d go with the answer; very primitive and torn, even violent sculptures. French artist Olivier de Sagazan was born in Africa, and then later even studied biology in Cameroon. Once he returned to France, he found himself deeply inspired by tribal art and the relationship between the earth and the influence that elements play in shaping our planet.
He once said that “Men live in a mask of collective hallucination. They arrive one day in the world, totally lost, and leave in a stupor on another day. On the rest, they go on focusing on daily tasks, perhaps forgetting the poetry of this strange world. Art can be a knife to open this mask and reveal the strangeness of being alive.“
At the first glimpse, his sculptures seem macabre, usually presenting crippled, mutilated, tortured human-like figurines. But the more you stare at them, you cannot unsee how deeply his works are bound to earth, life, and living, not just by the materials, but emotionally. The works feel violent but not aggressive, which is an interesting combo and what mesmerizes me is how I see so many different aspects reflecting humanity.
His work has been showcased all over Europe as well in China and India.
Go to his website, www.olivierdesagazan.com, for more of this brilliance.