This website is a place of initiation, an invitation to discover the Art of Life.

Its name pays tribute to the dragonfly, our universal emblem, evocative of the perpetual motion of Life. Indeed, Nature lies at the Centre of everything and brings us back to our own Centre.

Throughout my projects, I have always aspired to create and to convey this Art of Life. I wished to break with tradition in order to form today this ecosystem of well-being, while respecting Nature and its cycles, the land, the Men – farmers, artisans, artists, producers and freethinkers… – and the beautiful know-how.

Through the Domaine des Etangs, located in the Charente Limousine region, a place of Life and of well-being spread over 2,500 acres, in equilibrium between the Sky and the Earth.

Through the Collection Dragonfly, a universal and universalist collection of contemporary and ethnic art, minerals, objects and books, all channelling a message of wisdom, knowledge and heritage.

Through Créations Dragonfly, a line of objects that place the spotlight on the know-how of artisans, respectful of time and of natural resources. Through books, a selection of products and objects related to Nature and its observation, as well as specialties by local producers… which will soon complement the range.

And, today, through opening this “window”, dragonfly.fr, which will, I hope, reach your heart and your eyes, perhaps fill you with wonder, make you smile and, above all, reconnect you with the essential principles of Nature.

« The First Art is Nature and Life. »

Garance Primat, Dedicated Creative Entrepreneur

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Sam Falls

On-site residency, April 2019

The Residency

In April 2019, the Californian artist born in 1984 has captured the spirit of the Domaine des Etangs on a canvas, sampling its endemic flora: leaves, branches, plants. He then laid it outdoors, covered in dry pigments left in the sun and in the night, to be soaked in dew or rain.
Like on a photogram, the outlines of each plant element then appear. Offering a trace, their presence, the memory of a place.

Sam Falls composes dedicated paintings of landscapes. A tribute to nature, to its diversity, its fragility, revealing the uniqueness of each space. An ode to the living, to light and to its almighty power.

Sam Falls

A 2010 ICP-Bard graduate in photography, Sam Falls chose to produce images differently, by distancing himself from their mechanical reproduction in favour of a principle of extended natural exposition. All began on a canvas on which he had laid out some plant life, according to a modus operandi more akin to performance, land art, than to the gesture of the painter, even though the use of pigments lies at the heart of the process. His practice is syncretic, on the border of disciplines, between photographic fidelity, pictorial interpretation, sculptural momentum and in situ work.

A confident observer, he lets himself be guided by light, on the lookout for the traces it will reveal, and by his unfailing devotion to nature, its vegetation, its intimate being.

Herein lies his raw material, exposing the canvas to the sun, while the rain or dew drops blend with the dry pigments, and time does its work. The image develops of its own accord, contributes to its own emergence. A work that involves patience, research, walking too and collecting, requiring total physical commitment. The sites he visits then disclose some of their secrets: hence he has produced a floral portrait of each national forest in California, displaying the great abundance of their ecosystems. A landscape per se, the quintessence of space revealed in the canvas, geological and meteorological time condensed, the raw and wild materiality of the earth and of what it is capable of nurturing. In the era of the Anthropocene, Sam Falls’ work renews with the natural powers and with their sole truth.

Twilight, Pasture, Thunder, Rivers, 2019
pigments on canvas
127 x 189 cm