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Artists in residence

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Our resident artists

Château des Pères artists exhibit some of their works in the Sculpture Park and offer exploratory sculpture and modeling workshops. Read on to learn more about these talented artists!

Creativity, matter and freedom Marc Georgeault

In his creative approach, Marc Georgeault wishes to convey subtle messages while leaving room for aesthetics so that the public has the freedom to be moved as they wish; intellectually or sensorially. The affirmation of his convictions and the desire to live from his passion lead him into a path of permanent artistic research, segmented by commissions which enrich his technique.

Inspired in particular by the emotions aroused by changes in scale, he creates monumental installations and sculptures that fit into urban spaces as well as natural areas.

Well anchored in this constantly moving world, Marc is affected by the way of living in collaboration with nature and the problems that arise from it. Working at the Château des Pères allows him to share his knowledge and know-how and to support each intern towards a project they like or to take them towards a proposed subject.

Photo credit Martin Boudier

Like a spark Mickaël Bigot

What he saw as “a sideline hobby” made him a true artist… Self-taught and attached to simple things, Mickaël Bigot knew how to find in steel the material revealing his talent. A heron, a lion, a scorpionfish, an iguana... difficult to remain indifferent in the face of so much exoticism. The virtuosity of his art lies in his ability to create, from recycled materials whose origin we cannot imagine, works of striking lightness and realism...

The stone - very gently Sylvie Icher

Sylvie Icher naturally gravitated towards training in stone professions (engraving, carving, sculpture). She wants to understand the material, which she will first study and scrutinize. She likes the contrasts of textures, the work of light on surfaces, this inner journey that is the implementation of an "idea" in the material... She uses tools for this of course, but above all, she wants understand its subtlety, fragility and weak points. Working with stone is a challenge that Sylvie Icher takes on every day.

A philosophical commitment Gwénaël des Garennes

Gwénaël's work is nourished by her different life experiences during which she developed a critical spirit and strong convictions that she wishes to highlight through artistic creation. Her commitment to environmental and feminist causes is evident in each of her works. With a childish aesthetic through formal simplification and the use of bright colors, his work aims to tear away the veil of cognitive dissonance, biases and fragmented visions to reveal an uncomfortable, even intolerable reality. His works invite the public to go beyond appearances so that they confront deep societal themes. 

Pottery workshops Aude Clabe

Aude Clabé has been running the pottery workshops at Château des Pères since January 2019 but is not permanently on the estate. His workshop is located in Nouvoitou, a few kilometers from Pire-sur-Seiche. After a career in IT, her need to anchor herself in reality led Aude to discover working with the earth. Established as a potter since 2018 in Nouvoitou, she seeks the beautiful and the useful, through sober, even raw forms. His latest collection in mixed earths offers him a vast field of experimentation, both in the rendering (wood grain or rings of Saturn) and in the combinations of materials: earth-wood, earth-fabric. Research and experiments are underway at the workshop, in collaboration with a textile designer (Perlipopette), a wood turner and a visual artist.

Working the land Marta Lavina Trujillo

Marta Laviña Trujillo, is originally from Madrid and has been based in Rheu since 2014. She has led, in collaboration with Aude Clabé, the pottery workshops at the Château des Pères since January 2020.

Seeking a profession in direct contact with the material, after having done sculpture at the Beaux-Arts, she discovered the work of ceramics. The earth, a material worked for our ancestors, is the memory of our actions. In a world where speed is increasingly present, the earth remains immutable, imposes its rules and its rhythms, requires you to take your time, requires you to be patient.

She works with white and brown stoneware on the potter's wheel and makes useful and easy-to-use objects for daily use, both for the hands and for the tables. In many of her pieces, she prints leaves from different trees. The ribs appear engraved in blue on his pottery.