"My internships are based on the observation and understanding of the different forms that make up a subject, the goal being to make each one autonomous in his choice, and thus to take pleasure in creating or reproducing what he wants."
Sébastien Chartier is a ceramist sculptor and self-confessed autodidact who will soon be 49 years old. He grew between the plains of the forest and the mountains of Lyonnais. Living in a small town of 10,000 inhabitants in the Loire, a house that his own parents built, his first home.
His father was his mother at home, he had a childhood that many would wish for, without worries, except those created, but nothing big enough to stay in his memories or to disturb his family - his mother, eight brothers and sisters. Sunday family gatherings were full of union and joy, and all were peasants, his grandparents' farm served as a gathering for all this cheerful, generous and somewhat rustic troop at the same time. Between hunting, fishing, hay, cows, DIY. His uncles were true operators, capable of converting a child's kart into a thermal machine. This is probably the inspiration, awakening his true inspiration, senses and his desire to do things; the farm and the constant contact with nature has been for Sébastien Chartier the awakening of art.
The sculptures by Sébastien Chartier connect us to nature. His pieces are sketches of clay, capturing expression and the absolute essence of nature itself- the precise outline of his subject are not his intention. All he aims is the indomitable fauna and the need to find our common roots through his rustic forms all with instinct as the only guide-- a Return to Mother Earth.
Sébastien Chartier offers you that proximity with nature, where you not only see an exact image, but more so, you feel connected at such a deep level. It is not a matter of seeing something so genuine, but it is the feelings that are stirred up inside of you as you can only imagine what such a creature has endured. Observing his artwork, is a platform to another realm. A realm where we all belong, where there is no room for differences or rejection. A realm where we share that spirt of life, of love, of connection.
"Whatever you may do, whatever you dreamed of doing, do it - daringly, genuinely, powerfully, and magically."
Q. How and when did you first become seriously interested in art?
A. I had very early contact with the earth, the claymore precisely, my grandparents lived near a quarry. I had for neol a potter's wheel, I had to have a dozen years old, nothing was left, but the contact was established and never really left me. I am self-taught, and at the same time young in the job I have been doing since 2015 full time.
Q. What does your art aim to express?
A. My intention of work does not have an exact definition, it is of the order of the memory, of a lived experience, of a feeling in relation with the current order of things. I put in shape my feelings that live through my creations. Between chaos and paradise, I feel like working in the middle of these two artistic worlds.
Q. Who are your biggest influences? Are you inspired by the work of your peers or anyone else in particular?
A. I have always loved the statues, the old marbles without even a signature in them, this life-giving to the stone has always fascinated me. My influences are also contemporary, I like works de Charbonelle, Villa, Revel among others, it is sometimes people necessarily very recognized, but the commitment that it puts me in touch.
Q. Is the artistic life lonely? What do you do to counteract it?
A. Personally I need to live alone to work, the space of reflection and the moment of creation are so random, that the slightest disturbance little postponed later has a great intention.
Q. Apart from art, what do you love doing?
A. I practice music, there is also a space of different sensations in terms of creation and what is felt, I never work without music. I like to contemplate, go out to see the world, exhibitions sometimes, spending time with my children, traveling and finding that feeling of freedom.
Q. What is your philosophy in matters of art?
A. I like what I do in terms of (profession), my philosophy is rather in my way of living which has repercussions on my work.
Q. What does 'success' mean to you?
A. The success of a company.
Q. What advice would you give to the next generation?
A. I would not allow myself any advice, if it is this one, it is still the best way to arrive there if one seeks by oneself, than to find one's own voice.