Artist Statement 

  My practice involves the translation of the world that I experience through contemporary news media into large scale paintings, silkscreen prints and works in glass. Given that the meanings of words and images are largely dependent on the nature of the medium through which they are transmitted and tend to reflect the viewpoints of those who convey them- the 'truth value' of news information becomes elusive being subject to manipulation and bias. The works I create aim to reflect on these conditions and involve a complex making process.

 

  I start by translating elements of the selected news photographs that I find the most striking into simpler shapes. I then manually transfer these to small wood blocks that I carve and use to make prints. I take photographs of these

prints and manipulate them on a computer in order to arrive at a new composition. Finally, I silkscreen these images onto paper or glass, or project them onto large sheets of paper or canvas, which I then paint. The finished paintings resemble large-scale prints. 

 

   My practice reflects my interest in the works of a number of artists, including Kara Walker, Sigmar Polke and William Kentridge in terms of their political engagement and their working methods. 

   Biography

 

   Born in France I studied in Poitiers and Bordeaux, graduating with a Masters in Art History. I left France when I was 22 years old and have travelled ever since. My first stop was in England where I became a teacher, then I moved to Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela, where I taught art at the International School. I headed next to the United States where I became a full-time artist. 

When I returned to the UK, I established a permanent working place at Make Space Studios, London and pursued a dream of attending and graduating the MA course in fine art at City and Guilds Art School in London.

   Being away from my home country I always needed to keep myself informed of the current affairs so the media played a very important role in my daily life.  Some social and political issues like migration and inequality for example, have a significant impact on my life so being informed at all times was key. Knowing what is happening in the world keeps me rooted but has also made me become very critical about how major issues are handled by governments and political organisations. I aim to address these issues and concerns in my work. 

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