For Avella Bagur, the quality of art to transcend time, to be inscribed for eternity in human history, is also what makes it sustainable. However, to him, it is also the individual artist’s responsibility to consciously bring sustainability into focus: “For years now, I have refused excessive artistic production devoid of reason. I create, I don’t produce. I have no interest in mass production. What I want is a small amount of artwork per year, in which my hand and the thought of my mind shape my work. I don’t want to be a machine like Warhol. I am not a machine. We can see where our society of mindless consumption has taken our planet and mankind. I personally cannot follow this path, also because I strongly believe that art has to be moral and guide the way. I cannot be an artist If I am uninterested in the impact we make during the life we are given. This, to me, would contradict the idea of creating.”
If he could give his younger self some advice, he would tell himself not to be afraid, but aside from that, the artist has more interest in shaping the future than pondering about the past. He would rather redirect his words of wisdom to today’s youth, the generations that have the power to change the world. Avella Bagur wishes them “to have confidence, to always learn, to cultivate yourself infinitely, to be curious about everything. To have strong opinions but no certainties. To be open to the world, to know how to listen, to know how to choose, to be generous, and not to be jealous out of vanity. To be simple, to live simply. To respect people, to respect nature and to understand that Man is part of it. In a way, to give yourself to the world.”
Wonderful advice from a wonderful person that we at Staiy will follow with a fond heart. To find out more about Christophe Avella Bagur and his art, visit his website christopheavellabagur.online.