Command of the Centre international d’art et du paysage de l’île de Vassivière in 2009
Born in 1975 in Seattle, USA, Oscar Tuazon lives and works in Paris, France.
In the wood of sculptures of Vassivière island, Oscar Tuazon confront the vegetal element to the mineral: an oak and a marble slab compete in a tension dictated by gravity and the very power of the elements. The contrast between the marble, which traditionally refers to the commemorative statuary and funerary art and the tree, a sign of vitality and strength, highlights the ability of plants to adapt to their environments to avoid extinction.
The work - which the artist gave the name of Niki Quester tribute to a person of his childhood who had initiated to pay attention, detail - becomes an experience of gaze that can find an outcome just by walking and the careful observation of visitors to its environment.