Student Conversation - Jeanne Dubois
"At NCAD I had the possibility to start something new. I am enjoying it so much and it is really what I wanted to do."
Jeanne on Dublin, Ireland and NCAD
I wanted to be abroad and to practice my English and to work in another environment and I wanted to come here.
On her current project
I am working with carbon, I picked this element because it is one of the elements necessary to create life. I became very interested in the structure of carbon and the different types of carbon, especially fluorine. I tried to understand it’s shape and create new structures with it. It can change completely you just have to change the angle and the form is completely different. I was thinking the way to present this maybe, was to have different structures and make an evolution in form and there- fore give it the sensation of movement and life, if I can. The entire project becomes organic, we can begin to see mutation and its permeations from that mutation.
On Buckminister Fuller
I didn’t know him before and I am very glad I know him now. When I was doing research on different types of carbons, structures like diamonds and graphite, I found Buckminister Fuller. He made all those geodesic domes. My fluorine structures can create those domes. They are such static objects, but there is also that element of movement in them which is really interesting for me. I think they made a lot of geodesic domes in the world, maybe 300,000, something like that, as shelters. It is all a technique he invented and my work is constantly referring to this concept.
With every process you are learning something new and yet as I mentioned, it is still strengthening the original concept. There is beauty in the process, I suppose. Is the final piece going to be a sculptural form? Is it going to be decorative? Is it going to be wearable? It could be anything, really. That exploration is beautiful. My pieces could be anything as I said, but I am really thinking more like an evolution of small sculptural objects.
On NCAD and play
At NCAD I had the possibility to start something new. I am enjoying it so much and it is really what I wanted to do. The most difficult part for me was using materials that I didn’t know. Originally I used porcelain not clay, so it is totally different. But that is the interesting thing with materials, it is the process of learning and of playing, you just want to play. It all comes back to the basic fibres of life and play and freedom and enjoyment and how we can relate that to all of these different kinds of things we make.