A designer and graphic artist, both by training and trade, Stéphane Gautier takes the bear as a totem in his work as a visual artist. Working on the s
ubtle border of design and art, the artist chooses to create a gelatin teddy bear which he renames Happy bears. This bear presents a universal element of our memory and of our childhood memories.
Moving an object in different contexts, such as by introducing these stereotypical symbols of childhood into the lives of adults, Stéphane Gautier diverts the codes of traditional art in order to reclaim them. He highlights the power of the image and the art of visual manipulation in his work, as do the creators of advertisements and propaganda.
This is how Stéphane Gautier’s contemporary art offers us a new field of reflection not only on our childhood and symbols, but also on the art of manipulation.