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of Jean-Pierre Simonin
For Christian Fournier creating has become an existential element of life. In an interview he has said that he always feared falling into madness, that he constantly had to try to stay on his feet and that creating helps him in this regard.
His troglodyte studio should be a place dedicated to creation in the broadest sense, a refuge open to all arts, a place where visiting artists gets inspired to shape what he or she has in mind. In short, an art environment that helps Fournier to create and also inspires others to do so.
Whether what is created should be something that is generally regarded as art is probably irrelevant to Fournier. His creative work always introduces a shift in reality and in this regard, he has the same attitude as the French painter and sculptor Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968).
Duchamp from 1913 turned the art world upside down with his bicycle wheel on a stool and later ready-mades, such as his well-known urinal. His name appears on the left side of the entrance to his studio, where an inscription says; Duchamp a tué sa mort (Duchamp has killed his death), a remarkable text, which could figuratively mean that Duchamp's death did not imply that he became unknown.
* Article (undated) by Jean-Pierre Simonin, with a series of photos
* Article (May 2020) by Ariane Asaé on her weblog, with an interview with Christian Fournier
* Article (August 2020) about living and working in caves, including Fournier's, in Reporterre magazine