Céline Leu, Atelier Dynale, at the Maison d'Exceptions show 2/2

(English subtitles available)

“Essentially, we try to tame the material. Applying some paint or a nice drawing is great, but it is important not to forget the material itself. For this reason I often speak of taming because material responds in a certain way to what we want to do with it. Whether it is what we want, or what a client wants. And this is not always self-evident.

The path to arriving here is often very interesting. For example, if we are asked to work with transparency, we will discover very different effects depending on the material with which we are working. A material can go in a direction or against it. And going against it can also be very interesting because we will work with hitches in a way that leads us to create new samples with new effects.

There is always much frustration in research. Research is always very long, because research always also means development. It is always extremely long. We don’t have the time for that. We must be very responsive, able to find the impossible and make it possible, work within what is contradictory. In a short period of time, there are very interesting things that happen, things that get set aside and then pulled together, a bit like in nature. Seeds push so as to give flowers.”