For a few years now I have been quite obsessed with street art and mural paintings. “Dédale” is a building with four floors. The two first are meant for public access and you have to propose a project and be accepted, the third floor is to fool around for anyone who asks. The fourth floor is called “the bunker” with art studios to try out artworks, but no pictures are allowed up there. Now, however, I am working on a room that is going to be shown to the public in April 2019, I proposed a project and it got accepted. Here some progress picture of the work so far, since I have hurt my left hand last week, I can only paint, so I have been focusing on this room for the last week. Also… the art show in Paris, “Salon d’Art Abordable” is approaching! xx Hey folks! I am going to attend a few art shows and markets this year, precisely three, so here all the details you need to know. I’ll have a booth at the affordable art fair in Paris, probably the one show I’m most excited about! It’s in less than a month! I will also be exhibiting locally where I live, in Vannes in an all women’s show. Lastly, I will also be joining the creative market at the -ing creatives conferences in Dubai. If, for some reason, you know you’ll be attending one of these and would like to get a specific sculpture, don’ hesitate to ask and I’ll bring it with me. On a personal note, I have cut my left hand (ouch) while trying to clean my palette with a cutter… the hand is going to need at least 4 weeks to recover. That means I won’t be able to sculpt for the next weeks and so will likely focus on painting. xx Hey folks! New week, new artwork! This time I did a painting! I have been wanting to paint growth on buildings for a while now, however the paper I had at home was too small for what I had in mind. So I did it like the kids and asked for a big pad of my favorite watercolor paper for Christmas! Such a joy to work on a bigger surface, I might get used to it! Years ago, I dreamt about this exact scene, and in my dream I was wandering in the apartment just near the canal, at the bottom. When I woke up, I did sketch the scene out and wanted to materialize it as a miniature version in a drawer. I never got around to do it though. A few weeks ago, I remembered that very scene and decided to make a quick sketch of it, and ended up doing this painting! I wanted the man made buildings to be very graphic and minimalist. So I kept them black and white. You can watch the process of this painting on my youtube channel. xx Third week of 2019, third sculpture of 2019. This tiger is also the second animal themed sculpture of the year, and I must admit… I’m not going to make another mammal anytime soon, especially of the feline kind. The other issue I’ve encountered is the lack of colors I picked. I really thrive emotionally on colors and this color scheme, even though looking great, is just not satisfying for me to work on. Lastly, I realize again and again that my current obsessions is in the small animals and natural growth. I like the profusion of many things in bright colors, so whenever I decide to tackle a central animal, it never feels quite right. It’s easier to compose, it’s challenging and interesting, it connects well with people, but deep down, I’d rather work on weird biodiverse eco-systems. I titled this sculpture “Invasive”, as, the more I was working on it, the more I thought about invasive species that can destroy complete eco-systems. This can occur naturally of course, but one vector of this is humanity. Our activities sometimes favor certain species or we bring new species into new lands and they end up over powering the others, destroying the fragile balance of biodiversity that took years to create. In my sculpture however the tiger and the growth seem to have found a certain symbiosis, I tend to dwell on that subtle line of tension and balance, where it’s never completely catastrophic and does work out somehow. Ya know. Hope. As for most of my sculptures, I recorded part of it made a short video. You can view it on my youtube channel. xx The first sculpture of 2019 is a polar bear on an empty plastic bottle. The bear itself is looking up, with a faint smile on its lips. In the middle of what is considered the next massive extinction of all living beings, this time thanks to us, it is very easy to fall into despair. We know each of our actions has some kind of environmental impact, so I urge you to reconsider your life and life choice and as a general rule, just consume a lot less. To lessen your environmental impact their are many actions one can do, and although it is difficult to do them all, doing a few of these makes a different if multiplied by millions of others. Here a non exhaustive list: We have the intelligence and technology to turn things around. It’s up to us and our own motivations. Stéphanie
Like with all obsessions, at some point, you find a way to live them out, which I did for the first time last year, when I did my very first mural paint “test” at a local spot called “Dédale“.
So that specific first mural painting I finished last winter was on the third floor where you can do whatever you want.
Now, bear in mind, the building is going to be destroyed in 2020, so the whole artworks in all rooms are very ephemeral. And if you want to see it for yourself, you don’t have much time to make that happen once April hits! Here their official website, all in French 😀
I will probably need a good 10 full days of work on this room, once it’s done I’ll post a video and picture on the blog again!
Paris Art Show 2019
If you are in Paris around the 8, 9 and 10 of March, don’t miss it!
You can always find upcoming art shows and exhibitions in my CV.
Salon D’art Abordable, Paris
19-21 Rue Boyer, 75020 Paris
Vendredi 08 mars : 14h00 à 20h30
Samedi 09 mars : 11h00 à 20h30
Dimanche 10 mars : 11h00 à 20h30
Talents de Femmes, Vannes
Parc Chorus, Vannes
samedi 30 : 10 h à 19 h
dimanche 31 mars : 10 h à 18 h
ING- Creatives, Dubai
11, 12, 13 april 2019
Here are the sculptures I will bring with me to the Paris show and I might also bring some watercolor paintings.
However, and in opposition, the nature is vibrant, lush and very colorful.
And you can get the original painting from my website.
I don’t know if I can keep this one week – one sculpture thing going, but I’ll try!
This sculpture has been such a struggle!
Partly because of my own laziness and cockiness. I did not do sufficient studies of tigers before starting this sculpt, thinking I’d just manage it… somehow…
which… in a way, I did!
… but boy! I was close to giving up a couple of times! I’m glad I pulled through though, as the final sculpture ended up good.
To see more pictures and availability of this artwork, go here.
It sits there, while growth is developing on its back and on the bottle. While the plants or the bottle are dead, the plants which grow on it’s back are bright and rainbow colored.
I should know, I sculpted it.
But despair, apart from being comfortable, is also completely useless.
New week, new artwork! This time I did a painting!
The bear itself is looking up, with a faint smile on its lips.
Here a non exhaustive list: