What do you want people to take from your work when they view it?
I don’t really think about the public, I’m too caught up in my creativity. I am in the present moment, I create with my mind but I let myself be guided by my intuition, by a natural instinct that relates to colors and shapes. It’s all my energy, my body, my unconscious, working, almost like in a trance! I hope to transmit to the viewer this surge of vibration, energy and emotion that pierces me when I create. My paintings are an introspective journey, but I tell them emotions, universal questions. The quest for self, our place in society, our link with nature, our relationship to the body, human relationships, loneliness, memories. Subjects that concern me but are also specific to each person.
What events in your life have mobilised change in your practise/aesthetic? How has your art evolved? Do you experiment?
The material I use greatly influences my creative period. I use to take a lot of pictures, I did art video, scenographie. I paint and draw on walls, on clothes. Even if I always tell the same things on different supports, the format, the medium and the technique change the aesthetics of my creation and guide me to new ideas. For a long time I worked in black and white and in watercolor in order to be able to move more easily with my material, to be able to create quickly in my notebooks and my dream journals. The work in Indian ink and pen allowed me to experiment with calligraphy, to deepen my drawing technique. To learn to convey poetry through contrast, movement and composition. A few years ago, when I had more time to work on painting, thanks to color, my outlook changed a lot. The gouache, the acrylic and finally the oil that I used more recently takes me into a subtle universe that allows me to transmit something other. The color in my painting is like a therapeutic balm. It allows me to give another dimension to my work, to lead me into a new reflection. The drying time, and all the constraints of the painting allow me to have a more calm, more thoughtful rhythm. I make more sketches before starting a canvas, I do color research. For my last exhibition in September 2021, I needed to convey color to contrast with the dark and difficult period the world is going through. This does not prevent me from returning to black and white for other projects such as the oracle game that I have just finished. I like to experiment a lot because I find new ways of saying things and I like that a lot.
What are your ideal conditions or catalyst for creating a “good” piece of work?
The ideal condition for me is to be quiet, in a bright place, with enough space to spread out my sketches and take out all my equipment! I need to enter my bubble to concentrate. When I start a project, in the morning in general I write a lot about it. When work is well advanced and I know what to do, I love listening to music, podcasts or audiobooks. It helps me stay focused for long hours.
Tell us about the inspiration behind one of your works?
In Garden I wanted to tell about my need to reconnect with the essentials. The world has recently changed and this transformation has hit me hard. Like an accelerator of destiny, I felt an urgent need to reconnect to myself and to the living, to simply breathe. In our societies we are forced to remain seated, to wait for time to pass, on our chairs, our sofas. My characters express the need for movement, the need to take their lives in hand, to act and to fully live each moment. To reconnect with your inner self, instincts and deep desires. Do not wait passively for time to pass, for things to happen by themselves and for others to decide who they are for them.
Something in the future you hope to explore?
I would love to be able to work bigger. I would also like to do installations, things in volume. Take up more space.