Gaelle Weissberg

New Zealand

Gaelle Weissberg’s sculptures stop right before us with a rich cultural and ancestral wisdom, by crossing through time. They stare at us with a placid glance, sometimes even skeptically. Closing their eyes in a pleasant trance and with apparent fragility, their feelings gush through the pores, in a sublime and poetic expression. At skin level, they summon fragmented memories, textured by erosion and marks left by time. Along the way, they cross the entire periodic table and, element after element, they are gifted with a strong character. The memory comes to the surface, and their experience runs down their face; like colored scars that are tattooed by time and display their experience of a plentiful life.

Weissberg’s figures look at us with a sagacious expression, a glimpse that only monks and mages pursue. Seeing with closed eyes, they question our conscience. With an emerging force and hypnotic energy, their gaze pierces through being able to see beyond our individuality and even our era. Abruptly, all the cultures stare at us realizing we are just one more; wasted worldly wisdom that, probably, derailed at some given time, which is now progressing backward.

In observing an embarrassing misery, something desolate arises in their minds. They exhibit a serene but deep sadness that crosses their tribal make-up. Without penury or compassion, they denote that we have what we want and it is the reason why we do not deserve more.

Their dwelling place lies in all wisdom which they carry as luggage. On their head, temples and monuments are edified. It is the transcendence of ancestral indigenous culture, even without technology, clearly shows itself much more advanced. Among them are priests, warriors, wizards and sorcerers. They are merely men and women, an endless legion. Possessing all wealth from within, they are everything you could imagine! Even when naked they still lack nothing!

By Pedro Boaventura • Excerpt from Masters of Contemporary Fine Art - Volume 3


Gaelle Weissberg is a sculptor, originally from New Zealand, born in 1960. A self-taught artist, Gaelle Weissberg admits that she draws inspiration from her passion namely anthropology and studying mankind in general. The indigenous tribes are models in all her creations. Gaelle Weissberg makes a true and unfortunate observation, which is that the least developed tribes or people less advances than our consumer society have nothing to teach us, which isn't true at all according to the artist, as she sees beauty in each and every lifestyle. Gaelle Weissberg's work has been exhibited in several galleries and exhibitions around the world. The artist portrays an optimistic vision, full of hope on the mankind and our civilization.

Gaelle's artwork has been photographed by Studio Photo JM2.

Solo Exhibitions:

• 1987  Gallery Elaine Potter . San Francisco . USA 

1997  Town Hall . Le Mans . France

1999  Center of Contemporary Art Bouvay Ladubay . Saumer

2004  Château of Saint Suzanne

2005  Gallery Marie-Claude Goinard . Paris

2008  Gallery Marie Claude Goinard . Paris

2011  Château le Loupe

2013  Center of Ceramic Malicorne

Collective Exhibitions: 

1989 Downey Museum . Los Angeles . USA

1989 Museum of American Craft . New York . USA   " Young Americans"

1990 Oakland Museum . San Francisco Bay Area .  Group Show - "Oaklands Artists " Selection by invitation - ceramics, represented by Peter Voulkas , Viola Frey , Gail Weissberg , Sherry Carver.

1991  Savona . Italy . Exhibition of 8 sculptors of the Bay Area of San Francisco.

1991 Paris Gibson Square , Great Falls ,Montana .USA. (Financed by "WESTAF")

2001 Malicorne  , Center for Ceramics . Le Mans

2002  "Art Center"  Antony, Paris

2002  Malicorne . Center for Ceramics. Le Mans

2007  Pulsart. Art manifestation. Le Mans

2007 Hyéres. Group exposition of Sculpture

2009 Pulsart. Le Mans

2010  The Domaine of Gasseau

2014   Exposition "XXL" . Maison of Applied Arts. Pézenas
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