'Art is an adventure into an unknown world, which can be explored only by those willing to take risks' Mark Rothko
I am a French artist living in London since early 80s. My work shifts between figurative and abstraction, exploring essentially Female energy, Tantric symbolism and Nature. My source of inspiration and references stem from deep emotions, observations and meditative states. The work produced has a strong psychological or spiritual presence.
I use a variety of media, mostly oils for the richness of colours and the flexibility of the medium, but also acrylics, charcoal, inks and photography to explore my themes. The process of manifestation and destruction often takes place during the making of a painting, as well as tuning with inner vibrations . I frequently ‘flood’ my paintings on the floor, creating a momentum between chance and control, thus feeding the next stages of the work in progress. The titles I use are part of the creative process, and in many occasions they initiate the work.
One of the themes that I revisit regularly is the exploration of Tantric symbolism as it allows me to work in a more abstract and meditative way. At times, my technique may involve incantation in a ritualistic approach while working on spiritual themes. Words then filter onto the canvas, as repetitive mantras, and merge as part of the composition.
I also have a fascination towards the 'soul' revealing itself through the eyes, which often let me explore portraiture of my imagination or inspired by people that intrigue me. I then seek to access states of mind hiding behind expressions.
I frequently travel alone to remote areas of India or other countries to find inspiration, spending many days in silence, observing, while moving from place to place. I am also a yoga and meditation teacher since 1988 and I hold a Master in Ayurvedic Medicine.
My current studio is in Woolwich at the following address: Thames-sides Studios Unit 5 #205 Warspite Road London SE18 5NR