So this is it.
I was born in 1955 and studied in Nantes. I quickly went to ESC Business School where I was told about free enterprise. I thought it was a way to freedom so I started my businesses.
First by opening an insect-based food restaurant in Angers. We served the dishes on glass tables that housed spiders or reptiles. We also had a butterfly tree. But in the first winter the electrical system went out and the insects died.
Then I went to Dubai where I opened “French Furniture” a furniture and decoration store in the Regence and Louis XV styles.
Three years later I return to France and I become a show producer. I organise tours for Nougaro, Ferré and especially Higelin. In 1985 I quit the show business. I am 30 years old, two children and I realise that as an entrepreneur I did not find the freedom I had dreamed of. Constraints everywhere.
Then I join an insurance company in Paris at the same time I start sculpting the Arman way: assembly and accumulations. In 1995 I create a sculpture based on electronic components that I call Cybertrash. I am immediately welcomed at the Arnoux Gallery in Saint-Germain-des-Prés and this marks the beginning of 25 years of creation in this style!
Then comes September 2008, the Madoff scandal and the beginning of the financial crisis. Everything stops suddenly. No more sales. I take action by setting more exhibitions but nothing helps. Everything is blocked. In early 2011, financially exhausted, I take refuge in the family home of Nantes where I set up my workshop.
With time, little by little, the market picks up again and customers come back. Today feels like before. I have assistants again, the sculptures are a little better and above all I still have faith … I still strongly believe.
Nantes (France), May 2019.