Monday, 30 November 2009

Oh Christian, could I borrow a gown for my exhibition's opening night?






 
 
 
 
These fabulous gowns were created by John Galliano for Dior Haute Couture Collection, fall 2007.

Friday, 27 November 2009

Tentations imaginaires

In a few days starts my very own exhibition!  It is my first solo exhibition and I have been working on it for months now: the poster, the invitation card, the disposition of the art pieces, the opening, ... ouf! The good thing is that having so many things to think about, I have no time to worry. Up to now everything seems to be going just fine, and this morning I had the pleasure of receiving the poster my husband and I spent so many hours on...




Did I mention my husband always says he has nothing of an artist? He is so wrong!  He helped me a great deal for the poster and the invitation card, I am very impressed by his talent.

Thursday, 26 November 2009

Tragedy

A few days ago, I discovered the work of photographer Robert Polidori, famous (as well as criticised) for his picture of New Orleans taken in the aftermaths of Hurricane Katrina.  They are part of his "After the flood" series.


 

It is horrible to think that beautiful pictures like these are linked with such a tragic event: this combination seems almost abnormal. In my naive mind, beauty should always be surrounded by a halo outshining sadness. But reality is quite different, and I have to admit that even catastrophes can generate beauty.    


Robert Polidori is also well-known for his pictures taken in Chernobyl, in Cuba and in Versailles.

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Flying




Such a pretty picture to brighten my very very grey Wednesday... 


Photography taken by Steven Beckly, seen on Oh Joy!

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Complex Simplicity

Some art pieces are beautiful because of their refined simplicity, while other captivate because because of their intricateness. Rarely I have seen pieces that combines the two in a perfect equilibrium, but the pictures taken by Kim Kyung Soo for Vogue Korea (oct.2007) are a great example of a funambulistous art situated at the border of simplicity and complexity.





The girls are wearing traditionnal korean dresses called han bok. I found those pictures on a blog called Automatism.


The style of these photographies makes me think of Shan Sa's writing style: simple yet powerful, with the distinct parfume of Asia.  I strongly recommand her book " The Girl who Played Go".

Monday, 23 November 2009

Monday monday

This is how I feel on this monday morning...
 

Once again, a lovely picture by Tim Walker, found here.

Friday, 20 November 2009

Gwen in Wonderland

To end Alice's week on a good note, I searched in vain for a good version of Gwen's Stefani's video for the song "What you waiting for?". Instead of presenting an incomplete or a poor quality video, I chose some pictures that traduces the spirit of her creation. 











For many many Gwen Stefani pictures, visit gwenlovers.com.

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Tim Burton's Wonderland

Who could be a better interpreter of Lewis Carroll's masterpiece than Tim Burton?  His version of Alice in Wonderland features Mia Wasikowska as Alice, Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen and Anne Hathaway as the White Queen and it is due on March 5th 2010.



Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Lièvre de Mars

Some years ago, when I had to produce a serigraphy based on Lewis Carroll's novel for one of my courses, the March Hare entered my mind and would not hear about leaving: I had no choice but to give him, for once, all the attention. I really am an awful screen-printer, but still, I like this strange furry little character...

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Alice and Annie

Another interpretation of Alice: here, the sweet and naive little girl turns into a scowling young woman lost in a world of disturbing strangeness. Creating an atmosphere far from the Disney version, photographer Annie Leibovitz has also been tempted by the magic of this classic.




 
  
These photographies have been published in US Vogue in december 2003.

Monday, 16 November 2009

Dear Dear Alice

Looking at my impressive collection of images, I noticed a recurrent little girl, following a white rabbit, having tea with many strange guests... To be fair to her, I feel I would have to spend many years trying to portray her, and still, I would most probably be unsuccessful.  But in an attempt to thank her for the delightful images she inspires, this is Alice's week.







All these superb pictures have been taken by Eleonore Bridge.

Friday, 13 November 2009

Guilty pleasure of the week

I must admit, even at the risk of becoming an object of shame to many of my fellow artists: I find Lady Gaga's new video fascinating. I love the moving ray of light right at the beguinning, the mouvment of her fingers while she is in the bath, the simple white luxury that surrounds her... and the ending, of course, appeals to the Tim Burton fan I am. Most of all, I admire her audacity, which is something I fear I lack. But this time, I assume perfectly my frivolous liking of this produce of pop: is not this place, after all, the shelter of my frivolity?

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Lost in translation

Visiting the Jardins de Métis in Gaspésie, my attention has been most luckily caught by a label I found very interesting....

Why is London Pride translated by Désespoir de peintre (meaning more or less Painter's dispair)?  There surely is no rationnal reason, but I can not help myself from trying to link those two names together...


To learn a little bit more about this curious plant, I read on aujardin.info that it produces light as a feather flowers that were very much liked by impressionnist painters.

                           
As for the English name, Wikipedia says that "tradition holds that it rapidly colonised the bombed sites left by the London Blitz of the early 1940s. As such it is symbolic of the resilience of London and ordinary Londoners, and of the futility of seeking to bomb them into submission".


Finnally, my last discovery: it seems that in the language of flowers, this plant stands for frivolity.  How appropriate!

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Tissot's Ladies

Sometimes, a cup of tea in my hand and my head in a cloud, I wish I was a lady in a Tissot painting...



James Tissot, The Farewell, 1871


I still remember the first time I saw this very painting, in 1998 (precise, is it not?).  It made a very strong impression in my then teenage mind and its ghost has been following me since. Have you noticed the lady's scissors?  Back in the victorian era it was not uncommon for a lady to carry her scissors with her, but I have always thought that this detail gives a special aura to The Farewell.

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Blackberries and sugar

Here is my favorite autumnal indulgence, my mother's apple crumble with my personnal touch, blackberries. Alas, to the great despair of many, not even the family classics are safe from my invasive creativity. But just look at those blackberries, how their rich colour enhance the beauty of the treat!







My interest for cooking has grown at the same pace as my love of art, and I enjoy very much playing with colors and shapes as I experiment with flavours and aromas.



Monday, 9 November 2009

Monday morning's hint of sweet folly

Rabbits, teacups, polka-dots and bright pink: just what I need to gently wake me on this slow Monday morning...





This is a creation of stylist Irina Graewe for the german magazin Brigitte.  Thanks to Frau Haselmayer's blog for this discovery!

Friday, 6 November 2009

A chain of ideas


Sometimes, an image, a word, a song can produce an interesting stream of ideas... 




This photography by Peter Farago reminds me of medieval representations of woman:



All three images are details of Les très riches heures du Duc de Berry
by the Limbourg brothers, 1412-16


Their stare is troubling: is their mind as blank as it seems, or have they succeeded in hiding their mind? Is the impression of melancholy true to the facial expression of the models or is it an effect wanted by the artists?


This chain of ideas brings me to the Avalon Cycle, a series of novels by Marion Zimmer Bradley. Revisiting the Arthurian myth from the perspective of women, it is an interesting attempt to imagine the secret implication of women in a society seemingly controlled by men.   

Thursday, 5 November 2009

A childhood love

When I was seven years old, my parents gave me the opportunity to visit the Louvre. I did not realize it back then, but I think this first encounter with so many masterpieces started the evolution process through which my liking of creation transformed into a deep love of art. I remember considering the museum as a chest full of treasures and all discoveries nourished my creative spirit. But as I was still at the wonderful age when magic makes sens, my interpretation of many things I saw and prefered was very much tinted by my already frivolous imagination.


For instance, as a lamb-loving child, I was awestruck by a great revelation when I discovered a Raphael painting: unicorns were in part lambs, not horses as I had always thought.

Raphael, Lady with a Unicorn, 1506


Even if unicorns are now long gone from my day-dreams, I still feel a very strong bound to Lady with a Unicorn.  Maybe it is because it evoques a cherished childhood memory, but I think it is also due to the fact it became to me a symbol of the little girl I once was and I wish I could be all my life.

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Frida

" I paint self portraits because I am alone most of the time, because I am the person I know best "Frida Kahlo                                             -

 Frida Kahlo, "The little deer", 1946


I have read that all of Frida Kahlo's paintings can be considered as still lifes, because they underline the temporariry aspect of life and the inevitability of death (1).  But in these self-portraits, I see also a fierce determination to live, despite all the pain she had to go through. 



Frida Kahlo, "Self Portrait with Hummingbird", 1940


By painting these self-portraits, is she not defying her own mortality?  If she payed her tribute to death, she nevertheless found a way of keeping a part of her soul alive through her paintings. More than 50 years after her death, people are still overwhelmed by the suffering and yet the strengh of the gaze her portraits set upon us.




For a better understanding of this fascinating painter, here are two old-fashioned references:
(1)GRIMBERG Salomon, Frida Kahlo: the Still Lifes, New York, Merrell, 2008.
(2)UGALDE GOMEZ Nadia, Frida Kahlo: the Metamorphosis of the Image, Editorial Rm, 2006.
and a modern one:

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Autumn colors

Even if I am trying not to think about the coming winter, I know that the most wonderful part of autumn is already passed. But just in hope of prologing the season a little longer, I keep dreaming about autumn colors, about the scent of dead leafs and about the last rays of warm sunshine on my skin.




While the first picture have been taken today near my studio, the two following are from last year, when I went to visit Cap Tourmente, a national wildlife area not far from where I live.