« OXYGEN (wall sculptures) »19 JANUARY - 19 MARCH 2023
It is only once back in France that Valery begins his reflections and artistic experiences from which the 怪 is born
The 怪 has a short life span. It takes birth by capturing the oxygen around itself, puffs up instantly and then expands briefly to ultimately petrify in
a few seconds. The creative ritual is repeated until the 怪 reaches its full maturity, then ends with its embalming in a colored concrete shell.
3 characters compose this ideogram:忄[xin] + 又 [you] + 土 [tu] = 怪 [gwaii]
It can be interpreted as: using your heart 忄, your hand 又 and a raw material 土 to create the 怪
Emerging from a liquid matrix, the怪 [gwaii] takes its first breath at birth, feeding on the surrounding oxygen to
It develops through a series of transformations which, like life experiences, slowly shape the unique character of 怪.
The wounds mark its skin, the difficulties its flaws. Tenderness gives her beauty and gravity her curves. Each graft is the
memory of a moment of transformation, such as the different stages of life.
When it matures, the 怪 is mummified according to ancient Egyptian rituals, forever wrapped in layers of colored
concrete. At the end of the process, the 怪 is ready to regain its eternal life somewhere in the outside world.