Dominique Le Grand Philouze

Dominique Le Grand Philouze

Can you tell us more about your concrete experience of the lockdown ?

I am lucky to live in a house near Paris with a large garden and my attitude has changed: no more plane across the sky, no more cars, no more motorcycles so I discover the sounds of nature, i try to recognize the various birds... I even had the visit of a hedgehog! I observe the trees growing at high speed under the sun and at 75°F.

Action is the primary means of resistance. I got into gardening as far as possible: pruning large hedges (as if I were handling a sharp brush), shortening boxwood, treating roses, weeding gravel paths and above all planting vegetables (as if I were putting color on a palette…), carrots, radishes, green beans, basil and with tomato seeds as if I were making small collages… which for the moment are being born inside the house.

What is your personal state of mind ?

I stayed 6 days on oxygen treated with chloroquine right away ... I was saved !!! I am in great shape today but I was very scared !!!

the Covid 19 !!! in addition we put a capital letter: a killer.

the impression of living with an invisible killer, a living being!

it is terrible!

the deserted cities

hospitals filled

exhausted doctors

masked men and women

the ill

the dead

James Bond 007...

puritan, sneaky, misanthropist, anticapitalist, killer of the purse...

its only quality: environmentalist

Does the lockdown experience have an impact on your art ?

I do not want to immortalize a work on the corona19. It is too early for me, I am still violent !!! As painters, our role is to draw beauty... but in these times, aesthetics would be solidarity ! This is the best image we can convey.

It is time to use this disaster to think about life differently, to rebuild another way of living together ...

When my vegetable garden is finished ...

So before deconfinement ...

I will find my canvases, my papers, my pigments, my oils, my charcoals….

“I don't paint what I see, I paint what I think“

(Pablo Picasso)

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