April 5, 2015

Pascal lives his life at a different frequency than most people.

Maybe this has to do with his childhood growing up France (“It was all about going to the beach, catching fish, boating, swimming and chasing girls…an important ingredient for creativity is a sense of recreation which was easily found in my upbringing”), maybe it’s the fact that he’s a successful working artist who is able to do what he loves each and every day; perhaps it’s a mix of the two. But it’s clear the life he has set up for himself in the serene New Mexican desert allows for much contemplation and reflection. 

For one, he gives himself the time to sit with and understand a certain material he is working with. When he dives into making work, he claims to give himself up to the material and what it asks from him instead of the other way around — he says, “the challenge is in the capriciousness of the wood, it is absolutely uncontrollable. To be in 100% control is not interesting, and the wood does not allow this control. I must listen and have respect for what the wood is telling me. The choice of wood has a definite impact on the resulting shape. I have come to believe that wood is alive, has memory, and can be feminine or masculine.”

In many ways, he lives his life with this same philosophy. Whether he is in the studio or hopping on his motorcycle to explore the Santa Fe landscape, he is enthralled with this idea of exploring unresolved questions and embracing surprises, which are philosophies that clearly resonate with his highly original work. “I believe creativity comes when the artist surprises himself,” he says. “Good art needs risk and adventure…to be totally in control is uninspiring.”