As a budding creator since childhood, Yannick Bouillault abandoned his profession as a boilermaker to devote himself exclusively to sculpture in 2016. Passionate about raw materials, his graphics fall between geometric abstractions, steel busts and minimalist figures. KAZoART sits down with this sculptor who never ceases to surprise us!

Yannick Bouillault in a few words…

Driven by the transformation and interplay of materials, Yannick Bouillault presents himself as an interpreter rather than an artist. His previous work as a boilermaker led him to conceive a very singular means of sculptural expression. Sometimes, touches of colour “interfere” with his production: petit and delicate, they only enhance the subtlety of a meticulous work, the result of much time spent in a studio.

K. How did you become a sculptor?

It’s due to the transformation of different materials (such as metal, wood and stone) that I have been able to carry out for years, partly in my career as a boilermaker. All of this allowed me to open new paths of exploration, simple ones. That said, we are all sculptors in a way. Whether you’re a farmer who looks after beautiful plantations or a chef who prepares exquisite dishes, the examples are endless!

A work always begins with an extraordinary journey: thought.

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Sculpture creation process – Acid fallout

K. How do your creative sessions play out?

I don’t have any specific rules! It really depends on each sculpture. In general, when I have an idea, I go straight to the workshop. I first have to do a sketch to get the perfect lines. Sometimes I solve problems as I go, correcting or improving the works during their creation. Contemplative, adept and always striving to be a mediator of modern humanism, some of my realisations end up being transformed via natural reactions. I will always draw from this rich and fertile source of inspiration. My influeces are rather intellectual. I am inspired by the ideas of Thales of Miletus, Aristotle, Henri Bergson and Nietzsche, just to name a few.

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Yannick Bouillault in studio

K. You work with both geometric abstractions and feminine curves. What makes these themes so interesting for you?

My geometric abstraction sometimes begins with a very complex idea that often leads to minimalism. In this movement associated with colour, I hope to present an opportunity to feel emotion. The female form allows for many different curves and shapes depending on the angle of the viewer. Working in the studio is more difficult than being a boilermaker but it’s infinitely more captivating. My previous work was nonetheless challenging. But I feel a great sense of satisfaction when I’m successful!

K. Why do you mainly work with metal?

It’s the one I know best from my original profession. There are many ways to shape it: twisting, cutting, welding with different processes, but also shrinking and stretching. You can change its primary characteristics which makes the work interesting and fun.