Artist statement


Jean-Antoine Norbert’s interest is life energy forces. What is Life? Is Life the opposite
of death? How the Pathos/disease (Diss-ease) pervade into our body and mind? Life is
fragile and needs to be nourished and protected. Jean-Antoine’s point of view has been
strongly influence by his experience as a physician MD. This thinking is at the base of all
Jean-Antoine Norbert’s work whether it is representational or abstract. In both styles he
explores Catharsis which is the “purgation, of the emotions that brings a release from
tension.” (Webster) More precisely, it is the purgation of the emotion that is trapped in a
complex; this [purgation] allows for one’s expression as one becomes conscious again.
Once the image is created, the catharsis works also on the spectator.” Catharsis is one
of the functions of the tragedy entertainment according to Aristotle. It is a question of
releasing the spectators of their passions by expressing them symbolically. The tragic
entertainment operates, on the spectator, as a purification of the passions”
(Étudeslitteraires.com). Through the portrayal and exploration of struggle and catharsis,
Jean-Antoine offers the viewer a chance to release his own psychological tension with
visual art. The representational style is a way to create more elaborate works, which are
mature over a long period of time and finally brought on the canvas using symbols and
staging.

 

 

 

 

Doppelgänger, wax, polyester and wood, 2016

Doppelgänger, wax, polyester and wood, 2016