I started painting in 2009 during my art design studies then life took me away from the art world for a few years. So I worked as a manager in customer relations while continuing to paint in the evenings and weekends. In August 2019, after some very positive exhibitions, I decided to devote myself full time to art and creation.
About my art
My work mainly concerns the tree. I have always been very attracted by nature, I particularly like to bivouac and walk in the forest, but this curiosity towards the tree itself came to me when I read the book "The Hidden Life of Trees" by Peter Wohlleben. I discovered a living being even more beautiful and interesting from the inside than from the outside. I was fascinated by the exchanges that pass through the heart of the tree trunk, by its united root network and by its ability to adapt to the environment. My job is therefore to see behind the visible, to imagine what is hidden behind this majestic, straight and massive tree.
The internal functioning of the tree makes me think of a flawless organization, which is why I like to play with shapes, symmetry and verticality to create. I also use collage to highlight the bark of the tree that protects the sap from the outside environment. Each tree is unique, each with its own character and its own marks of life, that's why I try to vary the textures to symbolize this special bark.
The elements that are water, earth, air, light and chlorophyll also have a major importance in the growth of the tree and so in my work. Indeed, there is the forest that we see and the forest that we do not see.There are the rays of the sun that amaze us through the branches and there is the light that nourishes the tree. There is this pleasant smell that we breathe and there is the CO2 necessary for photosynthesis. There are beautiful big roots in which we take our feet and there are real living water pumps. There are external resources and internal redistribution.
An ecological approach
My work therefore revolves around the discovery of the tree. In this approach, I I try to combine art and respect for the environmentwork. From support to carboard packaging, I use recovered or recycling material (even paint sometimes). This is why I work mainly on reclaimed wood panels cut to the desired dimensions, while reusing the scraps. The panels are therefore not all of the same color or the same thickness. I also use in some works earth, sand, paper scraps, cloth, pieces of cork stoppers or other materials that I have on hand to work textures. Finally, like the tree that composes with the elements to grow and build its body, I compose with the elements that I have on hand to compose my creations. It’s sort of my way of giving nature back to it.