“The best thing about my profession is that there’s no need to make any decision. Who’s to die, when and where, it’s all been planned by others. I’m a lazy person. I like others to arrange things for me. But I’ve been doing some thinking lately. I feel the need for change. Whether it’s right or wrong… I must make a decision for myself”
Romain Crelier - La Mise en Abîme, 2013, used oil, metal, at the Abbey-church of Bellelay, Switzerland
"Entitled La Mise en Abîme, the mesmerising installation comprises two large, extremely precise and impeccably finished receptacles in which vast quantities of used oil are contained. Shaped like giant puddles, the sculptures with their shiny, and lacquer surfaces (thanks to the expressive properties of oil) reflect the surrounding, allowing the viewers to interact with the architecture of the church by being pulled into the reflection so that they, in turn, become part of the sculpture itself. The installation not only dispenses multiple visual thrills and mysteries but also offers a moment where sculpture creates another reading of space.
Working in a scale simultaneously monumental and intimate, these sculptures continue Crelier‘s career-long exploration of the space through conceptual engagement with buildings as well as his experimentation with light and dark, form and void, inside and outside, surface and depth, abstraction and figuration, reflection and absorption.” [We Find Wildness]