Updated: Nov 18, 2020
Close to the discussions of the White Cube and other explorations of the pictorial space, between the studio and the viewer’s point of vue.
we often forget that the space of creation is the first echo in painting.
Four walls will never tell you that you are wrong.
The space of creation, your circle of acquaintances are finally the pillars of a color or its absence. Having explored this field of vision in a orderly way and also without limit, I got closer to the wall, to the ornament, to its subject.
I realized that the wall had some more of thing to be said. Even if By far these 4 walls can look reducers, I wanted to believe that we could dig there, and that everything could go out of it. As if the seclusion made boiling the images. An overprint of imagination sliding on a wall, a memory spreading out on this inevitable verticality to become finally a representation. What difference (s) can we make between the image and the paint? The intention? The duplication? The purpose?
The pop art has already settled(adjusted) partially these questions, the minimalists also, but the debate remained open because there are always painters, no? In this search, I was again interested in these artists who " provoked walls ": Warhol, Tapiès, Robert Morris, and many others ...
At first, I roamed in the studio, I drew a lot.
I wanted to return to simple bases. I resumed geometrical motives, floral motives, simple images of icons, and collective memories. I have never had as intention to be realistic, or to revolutionary. Thus I borrowed wallpapers, explored the patterns. I wanted at first to copy out them, but I understood that the duplication would bring nothing.
I have then to erase pieces, I created new breaths. I deformed them, enlarged, crossed off. I saw then appearing new ideas, forms which escaped from the pattern, made it look like a landscape. Finally when you are in front of wall, if you have a foreground, the wall becomes a trim. If that works for a photo, why would not be it equal for a painting?
The pictorial space is not a plan to be scrupulously respected. We can build, destroy, defuse(unsettle), tip over ... The pattern was always an interesting medium because the duplication allows to ally representation, work of colors, simplification of composition, a symmetry.
The drawing simplifies itself, we find the essence of the line. The choice of the images calls on to the souvenirs, to the collective memory, to make the syndrome of Pavlov walk and let it go. The characters appeared to me as necessity.
There was no need to give a morality to the story. Of course it has nothing serious or of politics, quite the opposite. I wanted to position as outside a reformist speech of Painting. Even if there will always be rules, it prevents from drawing in it that outlines.
I chose dated characters, very marked expressions, mothers, respectable women, friendly wives because these women do not age, in any case their image ... I wanted to explore "clichés" of the representation. The drawing, the shape had to have the same weight as the motive in the space.
Every drawing echos the background. The pattern takes a new dimension, once connected with the characters. The compositions work by stratum. As in photography, I cancelled the relations of perspectives. The three-dimensional space in Painting doesn’t matter to me.
The elements of composition speak to each other between them, without distance, colors and forms are self-sufficient to give the good distance to the viewer. The composition is made according to the Pattern in the painting, as a verb in a sentence.
The pattern sets the tone, imposes colors, breaths.
figuration. Action de représenter quelque chose sous une forme visible ; fait d'être ainsi représenté. Ensemble des figurants dans une pièce de théâtre, un ballet, un film. En psychanalyse, traduction du contenu latent d'un rêve en images visuelles.
Figurative in english :The adjective figurative comes from the Old French word figuratif, which means “metaphorical.” Any figure of speech — a statement or phrase not intended to be understood literally — is figurative. You say your hands are frozen, or you are so hungry you could eat a horse. That's being figurative.
In art, figure means "human or animal form," so a figurative drawing might show horses running across a field.
figurant, figurante. Acteur, actrice à qui l'on ne demande que la présence dans une pièce de théâtre, un film, un ballet, etc. Personne, groupe, pays qui fait seulement acte de présence, sans jouer aucun rôle réel.
Extra in English: Actor, actress to whom we ask only for the presence in a play, a movie, a ballet, etc. Person, group, country which only puts in an appearance, without playing any real role.