Spontaneously, Olivier draws on the animal world his source of inspiration. “No doubt I am more sensitive to animals for their part of mystery. The defaults of human nature, which I know to test them, separate me from the human figure as a subject of creation.
I like to choose strong animals, at first glance antinomic with the fragility of the cardboard I use. By this duality between the subject and the material, I try, in my way, to warn about the precariousness of the animal kingdom. “
For Olivier Bertrand, fashionning cardboard is not a a thoughtful choice, because the material has imposed itself, as a matter of course.
“I always create from what I could find easily … and it turns out that finding cardboard boxes at home was not so difficult. Today, I love the idea of giving a second life to this everyday product, completely disposable . And of course, I am happy with the idea that my work can be involved in an eco-friendly approach.
“I started off by chance with the monumental. The first piece I did was a Gorilla. Initially, I only thought about doing the face, then I realized that it was working, and it is finally the whole animal that invaded my living room. I realize today that my material is an asset to create imposing works, and I therefore do not deprive myself of this pleasure!