Erwan Boulloud is a graduate of the Ecole Boulle. He began by collaborating with a number of designers, while simultaneously staging scenographies for various museums including the Louvre. In 2003 he set up his own workshop, where he creates unique or limited numbered pieces. He works with a wide range of materials, exploiting the uniqueness of each in relation to the other. The materials are raw, at times burnt, polished or peeled. Minerals meet flora; metal, wood or concrete enclose precious stones, in creations where strangeness meets humour. Erwan Boulloud is the heir of a time-honoured tradition of craftsmanship, a participant of the ever-evolving narrative of the decorative arts. His works are always functional, their mechanism often visible to remind us of the origins of their creation. Always holding a story, they offer surprises and wonderment.
Exhibited at Design Miami/ 2023 The Hawka mirror was created for the sole purpose of observing ourselves. Rather than relying on the honesty of portraits drawn by others, we find in its reflections the most accurate representation of ourselves. However, by its very nature, the mirror is not a faithful representation of reality: it inverts our image, distorts it and sends us back a vision that only we know. We are then alone with ourselves, in total intimacy, and our thoughts and judgments form the image we have of ourselves. A dialogue then takes place between a person and an inanimate object, which becomes the physical manifestation of our inner voice, our conscience, our soul. It's a Pandora's box that has closed on our most secret reflections. The Hawka Mirror has shattered: it lets the spectre we've created escape, freeing us from our erroneous self-portrait, our ego.
Materials: mirror and chrome bronze.
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