“Whether she paints a landscape, a still life or a portrait, it’s always to unravel a principle of joy, of health, of delectation, of happy plenitude. Her landscapes, painted on site, turn into true actions of grace for the air, the light, and the space. Her still life paintings celebrate, not unlike the work of Francis Jammes, “the beauty that God gives to ordinary life”. Her portraits reveal the peaceful, blossomed and dreamy face of individuals, what smiles within them, even in their sleep. And in everything, she has us listen to that which sings, even when everything is silent. It’s not mushiness, sentimentality, or a faked optimism, it is, for this powerful and fleshly painter, a surplus of lucidity, consciousness and faith. The end result is a body of work that is solar, wholesome, salutary and lyrical, as we can see.”
“I’m inclined to believe that painting can be for everyone what it is for me: a way to access our deepest emotions, the quiet center from which we often drift away in the agitation and multitude. It could be that painting is not sacred in itself, but it leads to what, within ourselves, is sacred. By doing so, its practice feels like a vocation: one that consists in taking the time to gaze at the world, to dare being moved by it and try “figuring” it. This means wanting to find the true face of Nature and beings, in a process that is only augmented by our loving consciousness.”
“This urge rarely stays without an answer and, one day, an echo emerges from it: suddenly, this or this painting, has turned upside down the mirror of reflection for a person, and he or she finds in it, through some mysterious complicity, the moving density of suspended time.”
“About self-portraits”,, Somogy, 2001
EXHIBITIONS AND PUBLICATIONS
SEPTEMBER 2019 – PROLONGATION AT ROSA BONHEUR AND NEW EXHIBITION AT VILLANDRY
Two news in one this time, with on one hand the prolongation of the exhibition that started this summer at Rosa Bonheur with Pierre Risacher, and on the other hand a new exhibition starting in September at the Castle of Villandry.