Thierry Gillon “Pwofésè”: “Lockdown has changed almost nothing for me”

Thierry Gillon sculpting a giant anolis (lizard) he called "Covid-19"

In April 2019, we introduced you to Thierry Gillon nicknamed “Pwofésè” on the occasion of a large exhibition entitled “Voyage intemporel” he organized at the Centre Culturel Rémy Nainsouta. The sculptor is currently confined to his home in Pointe-Noire.

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During lockdown, Thierry Gillon focused on the theme of sacred geometry

Thierry Gillon continued to show his works to the public until the lockdown decided by the French Government on March 17, due to the global Coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic. The sculptor who is a nature lover has found refuge in his landscaped park on the hills of the town of Pointe-Noire and lives quietly this special moment.

“When the lockdown started, I had just finished an exhibition in Saint-François, I had spent a lot of energy so I rested. The first month, in March, I didn’t really see the lockdown effects, the second month, in April, yes, I was a little unsettled, I didn’t really understand what was going on because I had started sculpting again. I realized that there was this deprivation of freedom and I couldn’t, for example, go and buy a material (nails, sandpaper or anything else) I needed to finish a piece because everything was closed. Apart from that, lockdown has changed almost nothing for me. I go out once a week to do some shopping”, said Thierry Gillon.

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A gentle awakening

Artist’s habits have therefore hardly changed, especially as regards his way of working and, as before lockdown, he is taking full advantage of the natural surroundings where he lives. “In the morning, I get up, make my coffee, settle down on the veranda to drink it while watching the animals among them the anolis, listening to the birds singing, do a little meditation and go to my garden to look at my plants. Around 9:00 or 10:00 am, I go to work but I don’t really like being locked in a workshop when I’m sculpting so I settle under a mango tree or any tree around my house. I can stop for lunch around 3:00 pm, I eat mostly vegetables, things from the country and often I’m so absorbed that I don’t even think about eating… I breathe the fresh mountain air, birds are flying and singing around me. I stay there for hours because I finish very late, sometimes at 3:00 in the morning, I have a lamp that lights me up. When I come back home, I always bring the sculpture I was working on, it allows me to see its evolution differently, the shadows of the night give it another aspect; this also allows me to see what I can improve and to prepare the next day’s work”, said “Pwofésè”.

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An unbalanced world

This global epidemic of Covid-19 is a new opportunity for the artist to reflect on the great subjects of the contemporary world and to translate what he feels with his art. “During this lockdown, I focused on the theme of sacred geometry, i.e. everything that has allowed man to get where he is now, on the theme of the impossible balance by assembling different shapes (triangle, square, round…) because the world is unbalanced. I’ve stopped listening to the news, I don’t bother with this conspiracy stuff. “Science without conscience is only the ruin of the soul”, sings Alpha Blondy. I think the world is reaching a turning point (…)”, explained the Guadeloupean sculptor. He is currently finishing two pear tree wood works: one inspired by sacred geometry, which he has not yet named, the other is a giant anolis he has called “Covid-19”