Ambroise Monod was born in Paris in 1938. He spent his entire youth in Senegal where he lives and practices recycling. Successively a pastor, university lecturer, and journalist, he has always taken a creative look at waste in particular, and the environment in general, not in order to produce works of art, but to create awareness of the creative potential that lies dormant in us all.

Récup’art event

Returning to the discarded object the opportunity to take up a place in the visual world once more with a new purpose or in its present aimless form.

Expectation of a limitless field, without rules, tradition, or propriety, in order to allow creativity the freedom to create or not, be beautiful or ugly, petty or spectacular.

Creation from waste material, cast off objects, abandoned material, rubbish tip detritus means relinquishing the inevitability of deterioration, and establishing that creation is still a celebration, despite derisory or pathetic means.

Using debris left by the affluent society is taking a humorous look at technical progress by giving the ephemeral a chance to disappear less quickly and to last as an object.

Politicizing its existence is also taking the opportunity to free the imagination, ignore the norm, escape from legality, realize the imaginary in an act that exists for those who live it, who survive differently, for those who see it and who foreshadow the freedom the world desires.

ART, common name, oddly masculine, can refer to everything.

A M, Strasbourg 1969

L’artiste au travail