And so what (creative path) – Et alors (chemin créatif)

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First, painting – With the passing of my life, from cry to murmur 

First painting. It’s instinctive. Painting, far more than words is my language to tell what haunts me, revolts me but also what touches me, moves me, troubles me or enchants me. I must tell my life that way. From worse to delightful.


I use words to underline or as a counterpoint and sometimes just for the pleasure of telling.

For many years, I juggled a big family and a demanding job. I only produced the works which allowed me to avoid suffocation:  a few paintings with dramatic subjects, exile, suffering, death, war, … and snippets of writing…

peinture, technique mixte, araignée de dentelle, hommage à Louise Bourgeois, painting, lace spider, tribute to Louise BourgeoisSince a few months, I can dedicate myself to creation. With the years and inspired by role models like Louise Bourgeois and Odilon Redon , I freed myself of some sort of a moral corset. Now, I treat also of light subjects, I accept my femininity and I indulge in two enchantments of my childhood:
– Color. My father created and produced coloring agents, mostly bright tints and used to make me play distinguishing the shades. I’m currently working on a series « Following the steps of the color wizzard ».
– Telling for the pleasure of telling and the fun of the listeners, activity practiced by my father, one of his best friend and my maternal grandfather. My books.

Allusive expressionism

protestThe best answer to the question so often asked : What sort of painting do you do?

Rag girl painting 

I paint as a rag girl. I have in mind a kaleidoscope of images seen in museum, streets, nature, souvenirs, ideas caught in the air, feelings, impressions, intuitions. Out of that, visions form and I try to transcript them.
Sometimes, the painting springs for its components. I pick and collect treasures: laces, scraps of paper, dried petals, shards of glass, etcetera. I put them in jars and boxes. And suddenly the spirit of a painting arises from one of this container and I am pushed into action.
Sometimes both creative process meet. I start from an idea and pick in my treasures while painting it.
Intellect is involved but instinct also and I am unable to fully detail my process.


Haiku as a form of meditation

I practice haïku as a form of meditation and I, often, associate images (paintings or photos) to words, but, sometimes, it is the opposite, images inspire words as comments or counterpoints. Sometimes, the haïku is only visual.

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La peinture avant tout – Au fil de ma vie, du cri aux chuchotis

corbeauLa peinture en premier. C’est instinctif. La peinture, plus que les mots encore, est mon langage.  pour dire  ce qui me hante, me révolte mais aussi ce qui me touche, m’émeut, me trouble ou m’enchante. J’ai besoin de dire ma vie aussi. Du pire au délicieux.

Des mots aussi pour souligner ou en contrepoint, quelquefois juste pour le plaisir de raconter.

Pendant des années, j’ai jonglé entre une grande famille et un travail exigeant. Je n’ai produit alors que les œuvres qui m’évitaient d’étouffer :  quelques tableaux aux sujets dramatiques, l’exil, la souffrance, la guerre, … et des bribes d’écrits…

Depuis quelques mois, J’ai pu me consacrer à la création. Avec les années et inspirée par des modèles comme Louise Bourgeois et Odilon Redon, je me suis aussi libérée d’une sorte de corset moral. Je me livre à l’art avec bien plus de liberté. Je traite aussi des sujets légers. J’assume ma féminité. Et,  je m’adonne à deux enchantements de mon enfance:
– La couleur. Mon père créait et produisait des matières colorants, surtout des teintes vives, et il me faisait jouer à distinguer les nuances. Je travaille en ce moment sur une série « Dans les pas du magicien des couleurs ».
– Raconter pour le plaisir de raconter et l’amusement des auditeurs, activité pratiquée par mon père, un de ses meilleurs amis et mon grand-père maternel. Mes livres.

Expressionnisme allusif 

La meilleure réponse à la question si souvent posée : Quelle sorte de peinture faites-vous?

Peinture de chiffonnière

Je peins comme une chiffonnière. J’ai dans l’esprit un kaléidoscope d’images vues dans les musées, les rues, la nature, des souvenirs, des idées attrapées dans l’air, des sentiments, des impressions, des intuitions. A partir de ça, des visions se forment et j’essaie de les transcrire.
Parfois aussi, la peinture jaillit de ses composants. Je ramasse et collectionne des trésors: dentelles, morceaux de papier, pétales séchés, éclats de verre, etcetera. Et soudain, l’esprit d’une peinture sort de la boite et je suis poussée à agir.
Quelquefois, les deux processus créatifs se rencontrent. Je commence avec une idée et je pioche dans mes trésors en peignant.
L’intellect est impliqué mais l’instinct aussi et je suis incapable de détailler totalement le processus.

Le haiku comme une forme de méditation. 

Je pratique le haïku comme une forme de méditation et, souvent, j’associe des images (peintures ou photos) aux mots, mais parfois, c’est l’opposé, les images inspirent les mots en commentaires ou contrepoints. Parfois le haïku n’est que visuel.


Par, by Marie-Hélène Visconti


12 réflexions au sujet de « And so what (creative path) – Et alors (chemin créatif) »

  1. Juliet

    I love your new site, Marie. You are very creative and spontaneous. I love the way you are inspired by found pieces and the things you see around you. Your blossom paintings take me back to the day I arrived in Paris in 1990 to work for six months. It was an experience I will never forget to explore this beautiful city. I also love the way you have shared you creative process. I will return to explore other work you post.


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