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Verbena, Pascal


L'Holocauste

Pascal Verbena
The Holocaust, undated
assemblage of wood and various materials
200 x 400 cm
© photo credit: B.M.Caramante.
Collection de l’Art Brut, Lausanne

Author

Verbena, Pascal (1941), France

Biography

Pascal Verbena was born in Marseille, France. He lived in the Old Port district, where his mother was a fishmonger. At the age of 16 he went off to work on a cargo freighter. On his return, he decided to join the navy. He married some years later, became the father of a child and found a night job in the Post Office in Marseille. By day, he would fish in the local calanques (rocky inlets) and salvage pieces of floating wood, which he then stored in his workshop before bringing them back to life.

Pascal Verbena’s passion for hiding-places is the leitmotif running through his work. He makes mechanically activated wooden constructions. His works incorporate a plethora of sliding doors, drawers, flaps and sundry cavities which conceal small figures or abstract forms sculpted from the same material.

He has also made reredos and carved pictures, the principal subjects of which are imaginary animals. His most recent works are fashioned from bark, stones and boat wreckage.

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