Outsider artist Michel Nedjar was mentioned in a comment of a recent post and I thought his work worthy of posting about here. Generally I will admit I am not normally one that gets too excited about Outsider Art. I am one to be fascinated by craft or compelled by concept. When I do get inspired by outsider art it is usually of the obsessive variety... valuing the need and desire to make, the attraction to humble materials and the creative act.
I would not say Michel's work really falls into any of these categories but his series of "Poupees" are quite fascinating as they visually skirt the line of fetish or voodoo doll and trendy "plushy" toy. His use of color is lovely and his crude stitches are an interesting contrast to this.
His widely celebrated career, at this point, gives him the privilege of gallerist's and curators presenting his work in a contemporary and compelling ways. The below installation reminds me of a miniature version of a recent exhibit in NYC of the work of Nick Cave
His figures can be haunting and evoke a great sense of empathy as opposed to fear. Though for me he does not quite fit the idea of outsider art, he simply is not an academic artist.
See more of his work and read about him here.