Lire la critique d'art Caroline Canault
He grew up on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea with the passion of the sea and what it rejects. Waste that the deep sea no longer wants and regurgitates endlessly. “I have been out on the beaches after storms since I was a child, just like ashipwreck thief”
Emeric Jacob is an eco-artist.
His works create an exchange and confrontation between inert materials. These materials are scrap; the scum of the consumer society. Just like a naturalist who collects specimens, Emeric Jacob collects plastic, metallic and wooden objects that he chooses for the graphic impact they have on naturally preserved areas.
These banal fragments of daily life are then cleaned, sorted, stored and placed into spherical metallic cages and given a new life in a new reality. The round containers offer the objects unprecedented movement. They seem transformed, mutated, gradually deteriorated just like food is digested in the digestive system.
Stainless steel rods transpierce the parts and link them together. Each series of sculptures is photographed on the site where the parts were collected. From fullness to emptiness, from nothing to everything, these works of art are a color palette of taste and distaste, a subtle exteriorization of the artist's emotions.
Emeric Jacob casts an inquisitive look on the world, in search of the future of things.
"In 2014, the beaches of my region were covered with waste after a storm. This sight inspired some of my works and demonstrates the consequences of the consumer society on the Mediterranean Sea and the environment in general".
These sculptures that he names "creatures", creations rejected by nature, are not intended to overlook the waste, but to recycle it, transpose it and regenerate it to propose a new order, an artificial climate. The original sense is not removed. On the contrary, it questions its capacity to generate a polluting system
These injunctions in space testify the artist's attachment to mother nature that he considers as a laboratory of reinterpretation and potential contamination. In Emeric Jacob's performative action, he walks in the steps of an explorer with humor and poetry countering the determinisms of the world surrounding him.
His systemic vision transforms the esthetic landscaped conception of "beautiful" nature. He challenges the preconceived notion of a "good" ecologically sustainable environment home to a desirable world.
A kind of experimental harmony emerges from his work provoking feelings that areas joyful as they are meditative.
A celebration of the "real" in what is both beautiful and disturbing at the same time. Emeric Jacob is blessed with this source of inspiration,anticipation, change, resilience and alertness; a fundamental and inexhaustible resource to accompany the ecological transition.
Caroline Canault translated by Raphael Marti.