During a quarter spent studying abroad in the fall in Provence, students and villagers alike were impressed by Rex Hausmann's gifts of vitality and inspiration. The color he brought to the small town of Lacoste, France, culminated in a city-wide parade in which we carried his massive, tapestried painting from the base of the hill to the crown. Styled after a traditional French Processional, the painting was suspended from hand-made poles. Beginning at La Lavuar, students made handprints on the back of the piece using red ochre from the mines at Rousillon and cleansed their hands in the ancient bathing pools there. Music was played, and the troupe carried the painting through the town. Baguettes, merriment, and companionship followed, and the impressions made on the town built a stronger bond between friends of different countries.
From Rex Hausmann's webpage on the Procession:
THE PROCESSION: PROJECT IN LACOSTE, FRANCE
There are few pieces in an artist's life that have the ability to impact and influence an entire community. There are even fewer times when the artist has the ability to impact an entire village in the Provencal Valley of the Luberon in southeastern France, and make them a part of the work itself. However, Rex Hausmann, a graduate painting student at the Savannah College of Art and Design bridged the gap between American student and villager. His piece, The Cathedrals of Lacoste, incorporates not only the present impact that the village of Lacoste has had on him, but is also representative of the lasting impression he hopes to have on the village.
By Ciera Bowlby "The Cathedrals of Lacoste" (Fall 2015, Lacoste France.)
Click here to see the full article written by SCAD writing major and processional participant Ciera Bowlby reviewing the event:
Left: H. E. Ramage signs her name after making a handprint- a signature method chosen by Rex Hausmann because of its origins in ancient local artwork.