Clémentine Bal is French artist from Paris that will dazzle you with her army of fantastical creatures. Being naturally curious and interested in living world she began her journey with her biology studies. This left permanent mark that stuck with her even when she started focusing on art. Her unique ability to evoke sensitive and benevolent nature of these imaginary creatures through her animal sculptures is quite remarkable. Clémentine choose resin for her pieces as it requires a very long and meticulous sanding. This allows her to spend more time with her precious pets, perfecting them for weeks, sometimes months.
My work is like a kind of meditation. I seek calm, tranquility, sweetness. The sculptures I present are characters created by mixing and transforming animal forms. They have eyes closed because they are in an interiority, as in contemplation. I seek to stimulate affect and empathy in the viewer. These beings are to me like little benevolent divinities, I love to surround myself with them.
I started by studying biology, observing the living world around us is exciting. Nature is my greatest source of inspiration. Then there is everything related to sacred art, from ancient Egypt to Christian or Buddhist art. All these entities created over the centuries and which accompany us during our life here. And then I met Totoro, lord of the forest, whom I found fantastic. There is a bit of it as well as other Miyazaki creatures in my sculptures.
I superimpose different materials to create these characters. I start by giving a shape to a block of polystyrene, then I cover with resin and fiberglass, I add metal frames and I realize the final shape with polyester putty. It is a very long and meticulous work of sanding which allows to give forms perfectly rounded and purified. The sanding becomes like caresses and I can thus transmit all the sweetness possible to these creatures. I then apply a matt and velvety paint that gives a skin appearance. I wanted to add gold because it is a link to spirituality.
At the moment I began working on one interesting landscape. This is installation of mountains of different sizes, soft and contemplative. I also work on a virgin with the child, revisited by my small animals. I will exhibit at the Art3f exhibition in Lyon in early April and then in Knokke in Belgium this summer. Furthermore, I’m looking for art galleries to show my work.
Animal Sculptures taking over the Internet!
Whether you are a fan of Miyazaki’s distinctive style or not you will love these sculptures. Their calm posture and unique, memorable look will make you want to adopt one of these cute creatures. To see more of Clémentine’s delicate pieces and keep up with her work in progress you can follow her on Facebook. Finally, if you would like to share your thoughts on these animal sculptures you can do that in the comment section bellow.
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