Laëtitia de Bazelaire
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The artist sculptor Laëtitia de Bazelaire was born in Dijon in 1973.
She grew up with parents who were both artists in wood marquetry, the first winners of the Intelligence of the Hand prize launched by the Bettencourt Foundation in 2000. After studying at the Beaux Arts and the École Boulle, she graduated with a DMA in 1998, and continued her training at the Ateliers Beaux Arts de la Glacière in direct stone, marble and wood carving.
In 2001, she set up her workshop in an old wooden shop in the rue Sainte Marthe (Paris X). She participates in many international symposiums around the world: Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Russia, China, Nepal, Iran, Bolivia, Transylvania. She has created monumental works in stone, marble and wood.
Her works have entered private or municipal collections as well as national gardens and museums: Art Garden Museum of the city of Teheran, Hermann Brachet Museum of Kaliningrad, National Park of Berhingen in Germany, Cultural Center of Santa Cruz de la Sierra in Bolivia, city of Harbin in China, Experimental Rural Park of Nanterre, Biennial of Chaumont sur Tharonne in Sologne, Bernard Boech Museum of Pouliguen.
She has also responded to two important public commissions in Burgundy: one carried out in 2012 for the millennium of Cluny, entitled "Posthumous visit of a monk crying on his land", place du château in Gevrey Chambertin; the other carried out in 2019 with the creation of forty capitals of the North Wing of the Canonical Cloister of the Cathedral of Saint Vincent in Chalon-sur-Saône.
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Exhibition at Mayaro Gallery
Figures tutélaires, June-October 2020
Animus, Animacould have been subtitled.
In the philosophy of the Middle Ages, anima means soul, and animus spirit. She erects an order that goes from the body to the spirit, through the soul. spirit. She erects an order that goes from the body to the spirit, through the soul.
What is striking in the work of Laëtitia de Bazelaire is its "original and animated" character. In other words, these spirits have a soul and a body. Although strange, they are familiar to us, although mysterious, they are benevolent. They are similar to the lares gods that protected Roman families, to the figures of the Etruscan pantheon, or to the protective stones of our Celtic ancestors. They are the timeless and sensitive representation of the invisible bridge that links the spirit to matter, to the earth, to the universe..
They are linked to the imaginary of the myth whose function is to give a deep meaning to the world and to human existence. According to Mircea Eliade: "Myths reveal that the World, man and life have a supernatural origin and history, and that this history is significant, precious and exemplary. Myth is thus an essential element of human civilization; far from being a vain fabrication, it is on the contrary a living reality, to which one does not cease to have recourse, (...) a true codification of primitive religion and practical wisdom."
Laëtitia's work remains impregnated by archaic times, in the sense of "first times". These ancient cultures are by nature religious (relegar, which connects). Closer to us, we will find a link with the symbolist universe: "symbolic poetry seeks to clothe the Idea with a sensitive form" said the poet Jean Moréas to define this new style of the late nineteenth century. Among the more contemporary artists, we can also mention the influence of Marino Marini.
Laëtitia de Bazelaire's work is characterized by her very familiar relationship with the material. She grew up in the pieces of wood that littered the floor of her parents' workshop, both marker artists. If her figures come from her imagination, they already seem to be inscribed in the essence of the material. Thus, by a work inspired by the hand, the artist reveals to us with softness the hidden spirits of the material.
2019 Bernard Boesch Museum, Pouliguen . 2015 Contemporary Art in Landscape (Sologne biennial), France . 2014 «Another, once again, many times more», Curator par Bob Nickas, Hampton, États-Unis . 2014 «le PRE», Park Rural Experimental commissaire Roger des Prés, Nanterre, France . 2013 Park national of Beringen, commande publique Gotha, Allemagne . 2012 Installation: new generation KPMG, La Défense, Paris. "Unreasonable people are on the way out" curator : P.L Rinuy . 2010 Residency at the Herman Brachert Museum, Svetlogorsk, enclave of Kaliningrad / French Institute of Saint Petersburg, Cultural Year France-Russia exchange . 2007 Exposition Art Garden Museum, Teheran, Iran . 2008 Culturel center of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivie . 1999 Residence "Art Camp", Transylvanie.
2019 "the invention of a bestiary", creation of the capitals of the North gallery of the Canonial Cloister of the Cathedral Saint-Vincent of Chalon-sur-Saône. 2012 "Posthumous visit of a monk crying on his land" commemorative monument in Burgundy stone for the millennium of the construction of the Abbey of Cluny. Commune of Gevrey-Chambertin, Cluny site classified as World Heritage by UNESCO.