Visit of the workshop : Chésade
Chésade entertains a veritable passion for bronze, that primitive substance, which has come down through the ages, that she uses in sculpting...
Chesade is a French sculptor who lives and works in Sainte Maure de Touraine, France.
At the age of 12 Chesade first discovers the art of modelling clay and the pleasure of its glaze in the workshop of the 'Arts Décoratifs'. As an adolescent she completed this cycle of training with classic drawing at 'La Grande Chaumière.' After literature at college then Science-Po, she enrolls in the Paris School of Fine Arts (ENSBA) in sculpture in Maurice Calka's workshop using clay and bronze: 'the living model.' Then she developed her skill as both painter and sculptor by participating in several exhibitions in France and in London where her unique sculptures in bronze are more than noticed by private collectors.
Today her artwork is in France and Great Britain, but also in Switzerland, the USA, Japan and Australia. For several years Chésade has completed her work on the human figure specializing in animal sculpture.
She has a particular penchant for the sea world which has become her main source of inspiration. It is rewarding not only by providing a great variety of themes but also a richness of expression. "On the sea, I'm face to face with the strength of the elements, vivacious colours and the air. Under the water, it is the beauty of the unusual volumes and the howl of the surf that enthrall me. It is all different, beautiful and violent..."
For me sculpting is about touching on life, it's not just encasing this or that in a sterile imitation, but more about having a poetic vision." Her work as a sculptor is seconded by lots of research in the worlds of ceramics and painting.
Chésade's work falls into a contemporary 'expressionist' tendency with a very tactile and narrative sculpted 'landscape' in which a single fragment bestows all the sense and mystery upon the figures. While the work in bronze has been thoroughly overhauled in its technic with a return to raw, primitive material, the work in wax applied directly provides the energy and detail for the unique pieces. The sculptures are then enhanced with subtle light and warm patinas.