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Parra- Art Erupts in Montpellier, France


Copyright 2012 © Charalee Graydon

Parra- Art Erupts in Montpellier, France

New mixed media art in Southern France highlights man’s interaction with nature. Materials used by artist, Mariannic Parra include volcanic ash and volcanic dust. Her art incorporates elements from the the natural environment and marks natural phenomenon that have happened and are happening as the 21st century unfolds. Another dimension to Parra- art is provided by the poetry of Jean-Pierre Parra that accompanies each art work and is communicated in text and video recordings. The recordings can be accessed on the Parra

Parra-art was exhibited at the 8th Salon d´Art Contemporian 2011 organised by the Association Elan d´Art art the Corum in Montpellier, France in November. This journalist had the opportunity to attend the atelier of the Parr-art and saw the diversity of works on display: sculpture, designed drawings, paintings and books of poetry. With the fast pace of development and disappearance of art styles in the 21st century one must ask whether this combination of procedure, image and text will endure the rigours of the art world? One marker that has been achieved by Parra-art is its exhibitions around the world, including exhibitions in France, Italy, Taiwan, Israel and in North America.

The natural world inspires the artist and the artist, in turn, returns his or her vision of art to record and shape his or her interaction with the natural world. Examples of artists throughout history have used and responded to natural phenomena and the natural environment. It has been documented that when Michelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel, he employed the procedure of pozzolana (mixing lime, water and volcanic ash) which he spread on the surface of the chapel before starting to paint the intricate figures.[1] I has also been suggested that the spectacular sunsets and yellow colour in the palate of artist J.M. W. Turner was created in response to the high levels of volcanic ash in the atmosphere during the 1820´s in England. [2]


Mariannic Parra´s use of materials from the earth´s natural environment and Jean- Pierre Parra´s interpretation of the social context being addressed provide record an art style from the 21st century and speak clearly about mankind´s fragile place on the planet earth.[3]

Âme nue triste
postée sur tous les chemins de marche quotidiens
tu apprends
sombres secrets tombés des plis de la vie
dans la solitude
qui tu es
pour inapaisé
pleurer longuement
devant la porte verrouillée du rêve rêvé

Parra-art is exhibiting a recent work, “Silence unguarded” (2004 Volcanic sand, 150-120-6 cm) at the Picture Cultural Art (University of California)

Silence non gardé

Silence non gardé
pousser le cri
avant d’être dompté
par le sommeil qui dépose
dans la poussière de la mort

Loin des fatigues et des souffrances
dernière frontière souhaitée
de ses lèvres amollies en anneau
non refusées
qui aiment pour couvrir
Parra dans Polyptyques aux Editions Sol’Air

English translations of the poems can be obtained from Parra-art and it is understood that books of poetry can be obtained by contacting Amazon. Visits to Parra-art in Montpellier, France can be arranged by contacting Parra-art



About Charalee Graydon

Art Chat introduces art, photography, poetry and narrative and invites submissions from artists and poets from around the world who wish to share their work. Due to demand and time constraints not all work is able to be accepted for publication. Charalee works closely with in producing the materials for this site. The technical and artistic expertise of Kamal at Photofade and those who help with translation is recognized and appreciated.. All images and materials are the property of the artist. No reproduction is allowed without authorization.

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