Mathias Mareschal

Born in 1983

Lives and works in La Rochelle, Charente-maritime

After graduating from the École régionale des beaux-arts in Besançon and studying for a Masters degree in visual arts and contemporary creation at Panthéon-Sorbonne University, I have since focused my research on the idea of the landscape and its depiction for several years now.

I have used painting and, more recently, ceramics, to express nature through the resources it provides, to encourage creation to originate in the process itself, to step away from subject matter.

I favour a sensitive and evocative language to remain in accord with the creative matter itself, to cultivate a relation to sensuality.
To not subject it or be subjected to it. To come to its aid, to add to it in ways that I’d qualify as minimal and respectful. We share the work, free of brutality or power imbalance.
As a technical-processual work, creation for me is often the product of a limited series of simple gestures: folding, creasing, moulding, pouring…

In this sense, my work could be seen as a self-building organism.
I look for the irruption of the unexpected in a world that is prepared to welcome it.
With wonderment positioned at the final point of creation, the work then becomes an unexpected answer to an organised process.
Therefore, the idea isn’t to represent but to present forms that identify with the forces that produce them.

Biographical notes translated with the support of the Centre national des arts plastiques - Cnap.