Samuel Yal

Yal often works with fragments and fragmentation. The bodies and faces are roughed up: taken on the edge of a profound mutation. Some pieces simply contain a cluster of corals and lichens, here an ear, there the end of a breast: Samuel Yal says this is what one would find inside one of his sculptures if one broke it . Remains of a past life or first elements, matrices, of another, in recemposition ? Sometimes – as if one had in front of him the still image of an explosion,  a tide of these small pieces of life both human and vegetal, burst out of a face. Over there, charred heads seem to escape and dissolve towards the sky. Further on, a broken head is plated with gold leaves, like those broken Japanese ceramics whose restoration does not seek to mask the cracks but instead to magnify them.