Vandeweghe’s work continues to explore the tension between nature and culture, and exhibits a fascination with human habits and prehistoric tools. By establishing a connection between the evolution of a flint knife, a menhir, a teeth necklace and a crystal, the artist investigates how the primitive is still dominant today.
Blowing up the tools in scale, he creates stone sculptures which acquire a mystical quality, becoming vessels archaic of energy.
“When I am creating things and some stone breaks, I try to engage it and enhance this brokenness.” – Octave Vandeweghe
The work is a continuation of a previous project, Cultured Manners, where Octave transformed gemstones into cutlery, creating poetic tension between functionality and beauty.
The exhibition Cosmic Gestures runs through June 22 at valerie_traan gallery
Images by Ligia Poplawska