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This painting showing Alice with the key to open the door to San Francisco is the beginning of her adventures. Because she's entering a world surrounded by water she has a nautilus on her head. This cephalopod on her head is also a symbol of the schizophrenic lives we have in a big metropolis, always late or in a rush, stuck in traffic to go to work or to buy Christmas gifts. All the things we do, and even if we always try to do or best, they keep pilling up like we're doing the 12 labors of Hercules in one day. FYI at the end of the day, when you have a splitting headache, you look like that on the outside.
To create my work, I first layer papers of all sorts, newspaper, wrapping paper, silk paper, patterns paper etc. In between layers I print with, or leave in all types of materials, both recycled and found, like plastics, papers, and metals. Waste that would take years to break down and disappear in a landfill. I like to leave a lot of different textures of the canvas, from rough to fine, even smooth, but more often coarse and uneven.
When the texturing step is nearly complete but still wet I add the background colors by layering them. I spray, flick, drop, imprint, paint the colors on top of each other, going from opaque to transparent. While the work is drying, the colors find their place and settle in. Colors and textures embrace each other and make one. This first part of the work is completely abstract and very liberating.
When it’s dried I start working on the figurative part of the work. In my works I bring Alice, who is pictured in San Francisco, into different situations, all linked to our lives in a busy world.
This piece is on a gallery wrapped canvas with finished edges. It comes ready to hang.
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