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Mixed Media, Wooden Boxes
Born: Albi, France.
Resides: Mapleton, Qld.
I was born into a family of artists in Albi, in South West France.
My grandfather Joseph Bastier was a painter, sign writer, mural artist and theatre set maker.
My father Marc Bastier was also a painter and a sign writer and has exhibited his work in France and Spain.
I migrated to Australia in 1984.
At times I have felt very fortunate to come from a family bearing such a strong tradition of creativity and craftsmanship. This history has played a significant role in the way I see the world and retrieve my sense of belonging and place in it.
The technique I am using in these paintings was created and taught to me by my father. It thus enables me to carry forward my family’s tradition, allowing a sense of continuity, as much as it facilitates my expression of the importance textures, patterns and colors have in my perception of the world, people, and environments. It is a labor intensive process involving a step by step procedure including the manipulation and outlay of elements such as textiles, plants and the creation of their imprints, their traces.
A composition, template is created by assembling such objects and pressing them into a paste that will capture the different textures of all materials.
I use the color of enamel paint to reveal the textured surfaces obtained by the imprints and play with the interaction of color over these various textures. In so doing I attempt to establish a connection with the way, we, as human beings retain traces of events, experiences, significant objects holding personal meanings, and the traces left printed into our inner imagery and memory, forever altering the colors and textures of our lives.