Pascal Verbena was born in Marseilles in 1941. He spent much time between the ages of eighteen and twenty-one working at sea, and in various port towns as a musician.
He subsequently returned to Marseilles and worked in the post office, but the sea is still to be found in his sculptures that he fashions out of driftwood and many other found materials.
Verbena often assembles cabinet-like structures that have been likened to tabernacles and tombstones. These complex constructions often have numerous compartments, sometimes with bits of poems or written messages contained in them. In Verbena’s work, a myriad of found pieces come together, forming a complex and unified whole.
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