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Les Serments d’Épictète 02 by Max Boufathal
The series of Les Serments d’Épictète is a group of works based on metal structures made of galvanised iron wire inspired by natural forms such as plants, birds and invertebrate shells. Once completed, the structure is reinforced with rattan, bamboo or metal cut and shaped to the size of each interval, thus creating a notion of regularity and mathematical progression inspired by the golden number. These masks evoke the protections of fencing or kendo and suggest an ambition of warrior parade. What is usually known as traditional African masks are here revisited and constituted from simple and appropriate elements. This collection constitutes a combination of raw material based on the artist’s poverty. These forms are being shaped through the material world, they decorate Max’s gigantic and final installation which often take the shape of a giant army.
Max searched for a while and finally found different ways of putting up together these structures, one night the solution came to him in a dream.
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