|Written by Stephanie Finnegan|
|Monday, 01 December 2008 00:00|
From “Walter Mitty” to “Sleeping Beauty,” the allure of dreams is powerful and potent. The following international artists have the ability to dream with their eyes and hearts wide open. They are in tune with their inner voices, and have birthed original sculptures that are otherworldly and wondrous. Here is a convergence of different countries and cultures, but one constant emerges: When an artist’s mind is free to roam and to explore, the results are fantastic.
Virginie Ropars (French-born, Brittany resident)
“In fantastic art, everything is possible. You mix all the influences of things you like into one thing. The more you improve technically, the more complicated things you can make. That is particularly motivating,” Ropars reveals.
A former computer artist, who excelled at making TV cartoons in 3-D, Ropars is adept at making the impossible spring to life in startling, vivid forms. “Fantasy art is like imagination. It is the closest thing we have to childhood dreams or to daydreaming,” she shares.
Fashioning queens, dark angels, fairies and mortals that straddle the chasm between human and insect, Ropars’ musing is magical and mystifying. From where does she round up these breathtaking beings?
“I don’t work under a particular influence. I don’t rely on photographs or other artworks. I just call to all the things I love and have loved. All of these characters are already in me. I let my brain build the images that are associated with my concepts and my inner dreams. It’s like a movie in my head, which I get to direct. My only question is: Do I consider my options beautiful or not?”
Collectors the world over agree Ropars’ offerings are beautiful and powerful. They are a passport to wonder.
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