The isolated tribes are happy people, they make with what they have since their childhood.These peoples are rooted into their seasons, their food supply , they are in accordance with their environment.
In our western societies we became operators on a chain of products, a society that wants to erase our differences so that the whole human group works, to eliminate the nuances between the individuals, the loss of confidence in Diversity.
It is easy to say that if everything has changed, it is the fault of the Foreigner, this other to us. Lack of analysis on oneself.
We are every film directors of our life and we give intentions to the others.
There is a real necessity of reinventing ourselves, of founding this serenity this first people still have.
Paul Ricoeur « the shortest way from ourselves to ourselves, goes through the other »
Patrice Pelissier d.F lives in a small village south of France, Saint Martin de Londres. Idealist, realistic, Patrice still believes the good is possible, if we really want it.
“All these little pieces of paper I have painted are like letters of the alphabet, they are my vocabulary, my language, I am not sure what I am going to do with them” says Parisian artist Olivier GARAND.
In the left entrance of his studio in the 11e district near La Bastille, Olivier collects stones from the African deserts he used to collect while trekking for three weeks in a row in the Sahel regions, “I like the idea of the discovery; just like I discover a new stone in the sand desert untouched for thousands of years, I like the idea of discovering my art pieces as I progress in creating them, as new discovery…. ”
Olivier’s show in Paris is a real success “I think people like colors because people need colors, our world is grey, that’s why I avoid watching the news on TV”. Colorful pieces of paper, collages, drawings, sculptures, Olivier’s world is a rainbow in his eyes.
“I spent my life writing as much as painting”says Jean Cortot. Friend of famous photographers Man Ray and Henri Cartier-Bresson but also Picasso, Jean invited me for lunch Rue du Bac at the Fontenoy cafe, and when he entered all the customers stopped talking and watched at this elegant old artist. Born in Alexandrie, Jean is a poet as much as a painter and succeeded in making the symbiose between writing and painting. Inspired by Jean Tardieu and Paul Morand, James Joyce but also Giacometti, Jean proposed to invite me in his appartement to see the painting from Matisse of his famous pianist and father Alfred Cortot. Guess what I responded?
“I started painting when I was young, and at ten years old I got the second prize from the hands of Giovani Gronchi, the President of the Italian Republic, for a drawing contest celebrating the Italian reunification. My Dad wanted me to continue to study but at the age of 20 I got the chance to do a two month theatre performance show all over Mexico, as part of a theatre festival. We were performing an Antonin Arthaud play, not simple, and I met through that experience Arturo Schwarz, a poet who convinced me to continue painting….and I did never stop since then.”
Marco Del Re lives between his two studios in Paris and Saint Paul de Vence, and he was kind enough to welcome me in the intimacy of his very unique studio in the 14th district of Paris.. I was lucky to spend two full hours with Marco while he was painting that little art piece for his next series. I was amazed by this very elegant italian artist, as elegant to paint as if he was invited to the Presidency Palace…
“I have been traveling for the past 4 years, backpacking and I am coming to Burning Man as I was told it is an amazing place to see once in a lifetime. I plan to go to Panama in two months to take a boat to Australia, a 3 months trip; by then, I am planning to work in a Marijuana plant in California, harvesting is soon and this is very legal in CA.”
We met with Ben (the Land Surveyor or “Arpenteur” in Canadian French) as our neighbors were complaining about the bad smell coming from his tent ; Ben Ji and his very young girlfriend were starving, we invited them for lunch, they went back to have a nap on the floor near their car after Ben had peed on the door…
When I asked Ben if he had a dream, he started crying and responded “My dream is to be happy for the rest of my life, if all goes well”
“The USA has always been a sort of attraction for us and when we got a proposal from my company we considered this as a unique opportunity for our family.
This move to San Francisco, which is supposed to be temporary, has offered so far an environment where each one in our family has found his place in each community we are part of. For a non explicit reason, we are all comfortable and well adapted, which is I believe unique to this place, providing a unique lifestyle. We have our own background and this background turns here as an advantage for a better life where it was more neutral or a disadvantage in France.”
Do you have a dream ? ” Yes, we would like to continue to entertain the atmosphere where our family raises in love and happiness”
When I asked Arlen and Stephanie to start giving me some responses to my questions for this interview, they where the first to respond as a one and not individually like all the others; I can tell these two are totally in “fusion” and they live the Californian experience as a couple still very much in love, protecting and taking care of their two kids like birds protecting the nest.