Stéphane Gautier has adopted the bear, or perhaps it is the reverse. Is it the animal or the artist who has taken the other as a totem? The artist began his journey through the universal lands of recollection and memory with the most obvious, most narrative and most mythical representation of childhood as a guide: a bear. An object of total love; however, the artist wanted to push “his regressive plantigrade experience” to the limit. To ensure the observer’s complete empathy, he has chosen not an ordinary bear, but a Candy-shaped bear, a universal conductor of childhood emotions… The alpha and omega of the entire approach. With his marvellous sweets “Happy Bears”, sometimes amassed under the
same banners, transformed, re-styled, genetically modi ed, with added logos or even branded, Stéphane Gautier penetrates the spaces of reflection and holds a mirror up to our childhood, by invoking its symbols and suggesting its sanctification. The bear as a refuge, a mirror or a postcard, the bear of Proust or the bear as a paradigm, the little sweet has become the standard-bearer of the honed creativity, both brilliant and unique, of a boy of his time.