Passion Never Retires for Jeane Seah

What is the best thing that I love about my work? I sculpt, paint, make jewellery, photograph, write, cook and run a Bed and Breakfast and event centre in a chateau. It is never boring because I never repeat! Even if I cook, I never follow a recipe because somehow my philosophy would be to always learn through experience and the only way to get there is to do something new. I also believe in “the message” behind every piece of art, so it is like an art-thriller.

What is my idea of perfect happiness? It is somewhat boring but essential… to be happy in love and family. Having children is inevitable in my notion in happiness because it de-clenches the biological frame of development in a woman. Eventually love and work have to function together too.

What is my greatest fear? To be disappointed in love. Simple, but loving is an essential trust thing we depend on for balance of all other functions.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? That I gave up trusting and yet have to depend on it.

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? Am a big fan of Sam Drukker. He reminds me of Egon Schiele. Regulla Brotbek for amazing pottery.

What is my greatest extravagance? Brocante (antique or vintage) articles and furniture, old jewellery, love shoes!

On what occasion would I lie? Anything to protect my children.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? Not always having the concentration to end projects for lack of time. The question of promotion and always having to talk about yourself that sometimes seems narcissistic.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work? Gulping a cold Leffe Bruin from the bottle greedily after a day of sculpting a stone at my old chateau kitchen atelier in the half-cellar of the chateau and this is always satisfying. Also spending hot afternoons at lessons of silver-smithing in a bamboo balé in Bali. On a luxurious boat or hotel shooting in Bali for magazines.

If I could, what would I change about myself? I would like to live more ecologically conscious, to need less, and to feel free again.

What is my greatest achievement in work? My flexibility with the materials I work with and expressive abilities in so many techniques. I work with sculpting stone, wax, clay and inventing new ways to create prototypes for sculptures in different materials. I create jewellery with old smithing techniques and tools as well as modern. Photography and painting are some of the most interesting experiments of my recent works. Being an editor, photographer and writer for magazines led me to live my active and multifaceted creative mind. I now use some of this photography in my paintings.

Where would I most like to live? It is where I live right now, in south Burgundy. I believe I live in heaven. Appreciation is essential to the way to happiness, and knowing what to appreciate is one of the biggest goals in existence.

What is my most treasured possession? It probably is my sanity.

What is my most marked characteristic? People might say it is my strength, which could derive from stubbornness, or the total belief in certain truths.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city? We live in a tiny village, but I would have to say that inspiration is just where I live – which is a medieval castle full of history and spirituality. Energy flows in the countryside and feeling rich would be the mornings when you look out the window to the valley and breathing the clean pure air.

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? As said, we’re in a very tiny village without restaurant but there’s enough around. One of the most spectacular and good restaurants I love has the view of a 900 year old church and its cemetery that is dramatically lit at night. It’s called St. Martin and is in a village called Chapaize.

What books influenced my life and how? I guess it would be Dorian Grey for it points to me that there are truly such characters running around selling their souls for earthly pleasures and ambitions.

Who are my favorite writers? Oscar Wilde and George Orwell and Carlos Castaneda, old stuff but who has time to read these days?

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? The music my son, Jerome Vrielink produces. I show my works with his inspirational tunes. No need to say how proud and amused I am about how our works harmonise through blood.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? Queen Elizabeth II, Michelle Obama, Robert Redford and the builders of pyramids and castles.

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? The name of the movie is Soylent Green, 1973. It gave a rather accurate vision of how the world seems to be evolving. The movie could have been learning material for the human race.

What role plays art in my life and work? It is the only way to express one’s soul and thoughts. My art might not be meant for all but for the ones that it is meaningful to, this connecting medium between people uncovers all kinds of secrets, messages and truths.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? I think that would have to be my mum. She believed in me and trained me for life’s audaciousness. Although she now lives in Australia, I feel her presence and spiritual eye in guidance everyday.

Whom would I like to work with in 2018? The Eric Morren Gallery of Amsterdam. I believe that they go all out for their art and artists. Oh yes, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art of course, haha!

Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2018? I miss Charlotte Molenkamp, Miriam Slaats and always nice chatting to Willy Hoogland at Jaski Gallery. One of my sparing partners in the profession is Ilona Wagenaar, photographer, hot-shot lawyer and gourmand of life. A subtle but quite amazing artist is Hiromi Nakai who runs the Nakai Gallery in Tournus, France.

What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on? My new book that is coming into action soon, it might correspond to my exhibition “Light through Darkness”.

Where can you see me or my work in 2018? Still working on the addresses but at the Chateau de Burnand, Burgundy, there’s always a show!

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? Life can drag you through the sh*t at times but living with passion, especially with art, one can overcome anything. It is the strength of the soul to nourish and heal itself, and therefore can never retire!

Which creative heroes and heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?
Try to contact Thomas Darnell who lives in south of France, hope he has time. Hiromi
Nakai at Nakai Gallery, Tournus.


at Chateau de Burnand, south Burgundy

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