Sunday, July 5, 2009

Jim, the skull artist [Sunday shout-out]

Shortly before my trip to Scotland, I saw photos of these amazing rope sculptures of skulls: 

All photos courtesy of Skullgallery

I had to know more, so I contacted the artist, Jim, who agreed to share a few additional photos and to do a short interview. 
BMCB: Do you make skulls exclusively, or are they only one part of your artwork?

Jim: As my wife, Coco Fronsac, would say,  I’m a monomaniac. I have been working on skulls since 1980, but I don’t feel any weariness, it’s like the more I work with, the more I discover.

Why skulls?

In fact, it all really began when I was eight years old. At that time, I was living in Koumac, in New Caledonia. Well, I had just found a human skull in the forest. It was my first face-to-face. I brought it with me to my classroom, and it has had a place of honor there ever since.

Do different cultures receive your work differently?

The inspiration for my work comes from Amerindian and Oceanian cult objects. It also draws from Europe, with ex-votos, relics and cabinets of curiosities. I’ve always been fascinated by death. My art is also contemporary, which doesn’t rule out a spiritual dimension.

What is your favorite material to work with?

Definitely rope and natural materials. I also use other materials, like glass, cloth, and I'm even discovering plastic. But I rather prefer rope.

What is the creative process like for you?

I’m reading a lot, seeing lots of things, that’s the point of start for everything. Anyway, it takes time before I start a project. I want to be sure before beginning because a sculpture takes time, a lot of time. I had my serial period, but now I prefer to do unique pieces.

What are you working on now?

Plastic & light.

Where can my readers find your artworks?

My work is currently in two galleries:
[BMCB: Readers who aren't in Paris should check out Jim's website.]

Is there anything else you'd like to add?

I would like to say that there’s strictly nothing morbid in my work. My approach is very respectful of death.


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