A sublime artist of the animal world, Michel Haillard pays homage to animality by staging the “relics” of the beast. It highlights the power of a life that has been celebrating it, without any morbidity, mixing beauty, respect, rare and precious materials, memory and dignity.
I had the joy of meeting the artist in February 2014. Sincere and generous person, he is also endowed with humor. His work is the result of an immense love of nature, where the animal is no longer a trivialized matter and exploited without consideration in a world of consumption, but the possibility of reviving it through furniture-sculpture to the fantastic, dreamlike, aesthetic and functional. I have the pleasure of continuing to meet him and visit his studio from time to time and the privilege of being able to follow his work, which I still admire so much.
Today, I wanted to make you rediscover the work of this artist Oh how respectful of all living beings, whose sublime work can make dream, make communicate the body and the furniture between them as well as the man and the animal between them. He manages to give a second life to the animal that has been, respecting the materials, highlighting them with the greatest respect where dignity is his key word.
Almeria, © Michel Haillard
Arkania, © Michel Haillard
Beloutcha, © Michel Haillard
Blandhin, © Michel Haillard
Chimeric, © Michel Haillard
Dalahi, © Michel Haillard
Damascus, © Michel Haillard
Dagster, © Michel Haillard
Draki, © Michel Haillard
Eros, © Michel Haillard
Guirautou, © Michel Haillard
Gullygully, © Michel Haillard
Hilda, © Michel Haillard
Karpatt, © Michel Haillard
Kezako, © Michel Haillard
Kingkonhg, © Michel Haillard
Kozette, © Michel Haillard
Kuduz, © Michel Haillard
Laminda, © Michel Haillard
Moun, © Michel Haillard
Sigmund, © Michel Haillard
As for those who take offense at the use of animal skins and other animal matters without taking the time to glimpse the artistic approach of Michel Haillard, I invite them to discover his universe and to wonder about the relationships that the ‘we maintain with our environment, others and nature … If you ask the artist about the use of animal materials, here is what he will answer you:
” Why animal materials?
My artistic approach is at a moment when the question arises: what connects men and more generally living beings and how does my creation and art in general open doors to a form of communication? verbal?
All civilizations have a common core that must be found by returning to the origins.
My work is made of assembly, not to say reconciliation, of the most diverse materials, of the most disparate origins, each piece is the result of confrontations and affinities.
Using animal materials is a way of paying homage to nature in general and to life in particular.
© Michel Haillard
I mostly use materials that have been extracted from their origins, eradicated from nature, trophies usually raised to the glory of the supremacy of man over the animal, to divert them, place them in a redemptive context, a a work that encourages their return to the light, a new existence, a new dignity.
These assemblages are built by affinities not only plastic, but also and especially energetic.
In each of my pieces, a new form of life takes shape by magic, carried by the power, by the memory, of each constituent material, a little like our distant ancestors who benefited from the virtues of the animal they were wearing. attributes.
Dignity is the feeling that I seek above all to express in my work.
The pride of existence of these powerful animal materials that open to a new existence, ready to welcome within them those who will be willing to return to their universe, to play the game.
Petersburg, © Michel Haillard
Because all this is a game, a game of power and power, a game of questions and answers; how do we human beings situate ourselves in nature?
To sit on one of my thrones is to start asking the question, not just with one’s mind, but with one’s body and emotions; it is to feel the community through space and time with the savage, the primary, the first, with what existed before we decided how to bend the world to our will, to our truth.
Zagor, © Michel Haillard
My work is a call to reconciliation, an attempt to change behavior not by reasoning but by play, humor and the heart. “
See the artist’s website: http://www.michel-haillard.com/