Joran Pollet (23 April 1993) graduated from St Lucas Ghent in 2012 and then followed a year of photography (Narafi Brussels). However, it is the one-year course in ornamental metalwork (GOCA Ghent) that forms the crucial stepping stone in his artistic development towards what he creates today. At that time, Joran is 23 years old.
Joran Pollet is a man of few words. His images are all the more powerful.
With hammer and anvil, he beats pieces of pure steel into the desired shape. Then he starts welding. No moules are involved, not even preliminary studies.
Joran has the form clearly in his head. He creates images in which an intense emotion is frozen and given back to the viewer.
With both his parents as dancers, Joran Pollet grew up in an environment in which conversations about lines and tension arcs, abstraction and the transfer to an audience were not strange.
In the house is also the practice of his mother, who is a professor in body consciousness. The books lying around about the body, the skeleton and the muscles have attracted his attention since childhood. He spends hours observing objects, how they are put together, how their lines relate, how they relate to each other and their surroundings.
When does a movement become really interesting? Which tilting moments are there, just before or just after an intense emotion? They are flashes that he registers, holds and later processes.
Pollet works without a model. Pure, raw and completely in the moment.
It is the alchemy of impressions, surprise and fascination, with the craft of forging and welding which, together with the viewer, make the sculptures what they are.
On high legs, invisible to the human eye, the king wanders like a phantom of the night along the abyss of power.
The God of the wilderness,
considered to be one of the oldest of Greek gods.
The eagle eye holds up a mirror to us. Anyone familiar with the work of J.R. Tolkien knows that the eagle people come to the rescue in times of great need. With what eyes do we grasp that which transcends the ordinary human?