'Art is an adventure into an unknown world, which can be explored only by those willing to take risks' Mark Rothko
A little bit about me...
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 states of mind. My source of inspiration and references stem from deeply felt emotions, observations of nature 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 takes an important place during the making of a painting, as well as the constant tuning in with the higher forces of creation. I often ‘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.
A recurrent theme in my work is the exploration of Tantric symbolism that 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.
Another aspect of my work is my fascination towards the 'soul' revealing itself through the eyes, which has often let me explore portraiture of my imagination or inspired by people that intrigue me. I then seek to access strong 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.