Invited by the International Selections Committee of
THE NEW FLORENCE BIENNALE - EDITION 2013
Ambassador & MEMber of:
WHO’S WHO Art club international, Geneve, Switzerland
national geographic, USA
THE ROYAL PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY, LONDon, united kingdom
aRT ON GOOGLE, USA
CELESTE PRIZE, USA
ART ACTUEL, FRANCE
FINE ART AMERICA, USA
Virtual GALLERY, SPAIN
THE WHOLE 9, usa
ART BREAK, USA
Image Kind, USA
RED BUBBLE, USA
artist rising, usa
Art Profiles, USA
ART MAJEUR, france
ARTSLANT WORLDWIDE, UsA
Artisan direct, NEW YORK, USA
aRT VIP GALLERY, Lisbon, PORTUGAL
Brooklyn Art Project, New York, USA
SEE ME /artist wanted, New York, usa
ARTAVITA, Santa Barbara, cALIFORNIA, USA
http://www.florencebiennale.org/e_artisti13.php (please, search for letter D to find Marie-Pierre in Artists List)
Marie-Pierre was born in France in a small Breton village where she produced her first artwork in 1973. From that time, she specialized in oil pastel painting, learning from the art works of famous Masters. In the meantime, photography has become another passion. She is receiving international acclaim on numerous occasions from select press and TV reports in France, USA, Hawaii, Monaco and Spain, etc.
Marie-Pierre graduated with an Art History Degree with Honors at University of Lille 3 Charles de Gaulle, France, and has been a member of Comité National Monégasque de l’AIAP-UNESCO. Nowadays, she is a member of IAA-UNESCO and ARTAC Mexico. She has lived in Hawaii and San Francisco, USA; she is currently living between Provence, the French Riviera, and “The World” where she finds inspiration for her art, teaches her techniques, and exhibits. Since 1992, she has had 34Personal Exhibitions in France, Spain, USA, Hawaii, Monaco, Tahiti - 18Group Exhibitions, including Monaco (AIAP-UNESCO, 1999, 2000); México (VIème EURO-AMERICAN-AIAP-UNESCO VISUAL ARTS EXHIBITION / CAMPECHE, 2009); France (1992, 1993, Salon des Artistes Indépendants, Le Grand Palais des Champs Elysées, Paris, 2010; Salon Art, Cannes, 2011; Salon Who’s Who Art Club International, Giverny, 2012; Salon Art Shopping, Carrousel du Musée du Louvre, Paris, 2012; Galerie Mouvances, Place des Vosges, and Galerie Etienne de Causans, rue de Seine, Paris, 2013); Mauritius (Port-Louis, 2011); Japan (International Art Exchange, Hyogo Museum, Kobe, 2012) ; Peru (VI EuroAmericana, Contemporaneo Museum, Cusco, 2012); USA (Atlantic Gallery, Chelsea, New York, 2013; Jay Etkin Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, 2013); United Kingdom (Espacio Galllery, London, 2013). Part of numerous Worldwide Private and Public Collections (such as Institute of Fine Art Museum, Campeche, Mexico; Hyogo Museum, Kobe, Japan; Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Cusco, Peru; etc.). Marie-Pierre’s Artwork is published in 2013 in “Important World Artists”, WW Art Books, Santa Barbara, CA, USA; “The Peace Project” by The Whole 9 Gallery, Culver City, CA, USA; the “2014>2015 WHO’S WHO IN INTERNATIONAL ART” edition forwarded by Pierre Souchaud, Geneva, Switzerland. Among other Distinctions, she was honored with “EXCELLENT PRIZE” at Hyogo Museum, Kobe, Japan, 2012;“HONORABLE MENTION” by ARTAVITA Gallery Contest, 2012, Santa Barbara, California, USA ; “DIPLOMA of HONOR” by the City of Cusco, Peru, 2012 ; she was also part of the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTO CONTEST 2012, National Geographic Society, USA, 2012. She was selected by The International Selections Committee of THE NEW FLORENCE BIENNALE to participate in the IX Edition 2013, "Ethics as DNA of Art", Fortezza da Basso, November 30 - December 8, Firenze, Italy, 2013.
“Marie-Pierre presents her recent works: “Lyrical Extractions”, a series of abstract photographs. Her images are pure discoveries and experimental artworks. The viewer is invited to investigate them and let him/herself discover inner travels they inspire. These photographs are original because the camera of Marie-Pierre, her efficient eye partner, often instantly catches them. Through these pictures, she drives us to the invisible, or to get a different vision. Her photographs are like keys that open to the world of imaginary travels. The artist welcomes you in the country of daydreams…”. (ALLIANCE FRANCAISE, Madrid, Spain, Oct. 2008)
Untitled Abstract Photography
The Art Technique
As an Artist recently converted to the medium of "photo ", I find myself at the culmination of a 35-year intense painting experience. From this new vantage point, thanks to the tremendous technological leaps in photography, my Untitled Abstract Photography works were born, which I call:
… But, what are the techniques used?
All my photos are representations of the reality, the testimony of discoveries made in nature and at random, thanks to the purely artistic eye of a painter which guides me and interpolates lines and colors, forms and materials, lighting and composition. It is a work of research suggestive of New Realism, and the outcome, Surrealism which virtually brings the spectator to the edge of a “new Automatic Writing”.
It is through the “reading” of these pictures, that the magic appears to the viewer! In fact, to the “purely painterly reading” which first motivated my choice of the image, we can add, of course, a more “pragmatic reading”, about the origin of the photographed subject; but also - and I would say, especially - a "poetic reading" finally reveals itself to the viewer who sincerely allows himself to be swept away by the magic of the awakening dream to which he is invited in this imaginary journey. The imagination of the viewer, in fact, will complete the artwork – this is the reason why I refuse to give a representational title to my images …
... All of us are allowed to day dream …
Concerning the technique, a precision is imperative because - as it is specified in the text of " Presentation of the Work "- I always avoid any extravagant manipulation of my images in order to preserve all their spontaneity, their purity and their originality; the only " personal touches " that I allow myself, consist of the centering of the original subject and the control of the intensity of the light and colors of the images; and to the n°1 question that my works at times generate, I make it a point of honor to answer and to confirm that I NEVER USE any program (like Photoshop) to create or to compose my pictures.
I thus take this opportunity to pay tribute to this wonderful medium, photography, and to the excellent technical abilities of the current photographic equipment, without which "my artistic eye" and "my creative spirit" would not find the indispensable support and the echo to achieve these "Discoveries" and these "Experiments" and to then share them with the public!
In summary, what the advanced technology of today's cameras, combined with a long artistic experience, plus a dash of poetry and a curious and very fortunate eye - and without a doubt a touch of chance - gives to me is " the perfect equipment in the hunt for abstract pictures”, these selective discoveries, mesmeric, surprising and wonderful - which I give back to the public with pleasure and which permit me to indefinitely extend my long series of Lyrical Extraction!
Information about the Artworks
Limited Edition Photography:
- Only 1 Original on sale per Photography, always signed and dedicated by the hand of the artist!
- 1 print is used for promotion / exhibitions, and it might be donated afterward to Museum or other Governmental & Cultural Associations.
- 1 print is kept by the Artist for her records.
- Copyright: Marie-Pierre will keep the copyright of all her Photographs (including for any copies, such as Posters, Postcards, etc.) --unless special sale agreement about Copyright transfer between the Artist and the Buyer. Please ask!
- All sizes available on request: 27x20 cm, 65x50cm, 120x 80cm, etc.
Presentation of the artwork:
"Art is within Nature, we have to extract it"
“I am not a photographer, nor a writer or a painter,
I am simply a collector of life’s offerings.”
Jacques Henri Lartigue
It is only after much soul searching, some trudging along and feeling my way through the dark, after extensive research, making amazing discoveries, chance meetings and many other life experiences, at times happy and at times not, that I finally honed a finer and clearer definition of art for myself.
Along with an increasingly curious and serendipitously proficient eye, and having become jaded by the day to day grind of our “adult world”, I developed a thirst for serenity, such as only it can be found in nature, as well as a deep yearning for the simple, laughing, carefree world of childhood as it is perhaps to us only attainable in daydreams. Thus are the makings, the leaven and the ingredients that through me have served to concoct these wonderful tidbits for which it gives me great pleasure to share them with you in the following pages if you will, ‘as a feast amongst friends”!
And since according to a Chinese proverb: ‘Sharing a meal opens the doors to Paradise”, I invite you to partake freely in this ‘Photographic harvest” so that maybe you too may ‘float on cloud nine”.
The keys to freedom may just be there in these magical images, escape awaits: look, see, dream, create and become children again as in simpler times!
Happy Imaginary Voyages,
Welcome to the land of daydreams
‘Keeping an open eye on the invisible.”
Weston considered that ‘art for art’s sake is a failure”, conversely, discovering and handing over the keys that unlock the path to ‘imaginary voyages” surely constitutes apotheosis for an artist, especially for the plastics artist who thus molds his art, (these ‘mute things” which so concerned Stendhal), into speaking visual arts, further fueling the as secular as impassioned debate of ‘Ut Pictura Poesis”. A combination of true values, ‘Visual Arts – Poetry” may however not undergo any outrageous transformation, be it scientific, technical or subjective, at the risk of seeing it disappear under the manipulator’s hand: one should take Siskind’s advice and be ‘as passive as possible”.
‘A poet must see things such as they are and must then show them to others in such a way that without him, they would not be able to see them”
Thus, all these images that you are about to discover are unprecedented as they have randomly fallen upon my astonished eye, fashioned solely by nature’s elements. They are also original, often fleeting and born instantly before my camera lens, this lens which has now become an outgrowth and an accomplice to my eye, this eye desperately seeking what is invisible or that which is different. My camera is also the essential and perfect tool to capture, record and as faithfully as possible relay these images – communicating to us as many messages that hold the secret keys allowing access to Imaginary Voyages to which Dante refers in his ‘Divine comedy” or even Christine de Pizan in ‘Le livre du chemin de longue estude”. Christian Heck also has made an elegant case for Imaginary Voyages, as already described in the Middle Ages and appearing under the image of ‘The celestial scale”.
Like as many witnesses to its existence, my images’ purpose is to restore ‘the seventh face of the die” which Josef Sudek discusses in this great creator’s yet little known, unsigned and undedicated key work on the path to dreams and for which it can be justly said as Ernest Haas would have it: ‘Its colors express themselves and inherently give rise to emotions”. However, in keeping with Moholy’s concept of True Photography, I have neither tried to influence or to disturb the images so as to preserve the purity of the daydream into which the observer is drawn. I therefore refuse to attribute either figurative or suggestive titles to my images, by the same token refusing to direct the observer’s attention in any way. Only classification references may appear in coded language, devoid of any imaginary meaning.
‘To suggest is to create, to describe is to destroy”
“We have but one resource with death,
to make art before it comes”
If Mankind has never ceased inventing new media trying to reach artistic perfection, Nature, itself the primeval creator had, for eons, to rely on only four media to shape its works: water, air, fire and earth – what Talbot refers to as ‘the insults of time”. But let’s not forget Nature’s ultimate medium: organic life, which may also be viewed to encompass ‘Humanity”, finally come to make its contribution. Intelligent medium if there ever was, the plastics artist – or photographer may not lay claim to the title of artistic creator but at most to that of discoverer and assembler or maybe even to that of experimenter. At times objective, and at times more subjective this art is obviously experimental, since it is the product of incessant research, trial and error, and perpetual reworking.
‘Vanity of vanities, all photographers are such that they see themselves as creators”.
Echoing Walker Evans, these works may not be construed as artistic creations in the primordial sense of Art History or for that matter in the way Michelangelo understood that ‘Arte e una cosa mentale”. My images are but pure discoveries as so many experimental works are, as Whistley had already tried to demonstrate. It is therefore left to the observer, should he so desire, to complete them and name them as he is inspired during his voyage which is what Pierre de Fenoyl termed ‘materializing a poetic intuition of reality”.
‘They are small steps on the path to a poetic representation of modest happiness”.
The artist would therefore become a creator only when he surpasses his own craft, when he doesn’t paint anymore, doesn’t sculpt anymore, doesn’t photograph anymore and he discovers the Key work, the ‘Ideal Image” as defined by Weston, the one that opens the doors to the most insane Imaginary voyages and the most marvelous daydreams. In short, there could therefore be no human creative process per se unless a discovery were such that it proved itself the ultimate means for escape along with its own gamut of resonance.
‘You wish to see, then listen: hearing is a degree of vision”.
Saint-Bernard de Clairvaux
I have always held hope in the existence of a parallel pathway that would take me back, one day, to this garden of dreams, a lost paradise but not a forgotten one, so close yet so far away it seems, for such a long time already. It’s as if through these photographic images was born the desire to take back this imaginary world and possibly restore it, but above all else to convey this opportunity for escape and creativity, thus confirming Siskind’s words: ‘One does not make a photograph all by himself”.
‘The physical eye never takes us far enough. I believe in the existence of another eye, linked to imagination: without this third eye there exists no ability to create”.
Clarence John Laughlin
- FIRENZE,THE NEW FLORENCE BIENNALE, the IX Edition 2013, "Ethics as DNA of Art", Fortezza da Basso, November 30 - December 8, 2013
- LONDON, ESPACIO GALLERY, Sweet’Art Summer Show, 28th August – 3rd September 2013
- All over the AMERICAS’ main cities, “THE PEACE PROJECT”by The Whole 9 Gallery, Culver City, CA, 2013-2014
- SANTA FE, JAY ETKIN GALLERY, May 17-26, 2013
- NEW YORK, ATLANTIC GALLERY, March 4-18, 2013
- KOBE, International Art Exchange, Hyogo Museum, June 5 - 10, 2012
HONOR of the Jury: EXCELLENT PRIZE
- CUSCO, VIIème EURO-AMERICANA, selected to represent France, October 17 – 23, 2012
HONOR of the Jury: “DIPLOMA DE HONOR”
. GALERIE Etienne de Causans, ”Who’s Who Art Club International”, 25 rue de Seine, 8-14 Oct. 2013
. GALERIE MOUVANCES, Who’s Who International Art Club, Places des Vosges, April 30-May 5, 2013
. MUSEE du LOUVRE, Salon Art Shopping, Le Carrousel du Louvre, June 8-10, 2012
. SALON des INDEPENDANTS – Art en Capital, LE GRAND PALAIS des Champs-Elysées, Paris, Nov. 2010
- GIVERNY, GALERIE 60, Salon SAM by WHO’S WHO Art club international, Genève-Switzerland, June 1-8, 2012
- CANNES, SALON ART CANNES 2011 – Palm Beach, Cannes, France, April 2011
- DINARD, Bretagne : Palace of Congress – September 1994, May 1992,
1st exhibition & PRIX D’HONNEUR de la VILLE de DINARD, Mention Oil Pastel
- THORIGNE, Bretagne - SALON INTERNATIONAL de la PEINTURE – November 1992
- NOYAL, Bretagne : FESTIVAL de la PEINTURE et des ARTS - October 1992
PORT-LOUIS – INTERNATIONAL ART EXHIBITION 2O11 (ECO-LIVING / IAA UNESCO), IBL Gallery,
December, 9/21 2011
- CAMPECHE: selected as representative of France in the VIth. EURO-AMERICAN VISUAL ARTS EXHIBITION / CAMPECHE - MEXICO 2009, July 16-25, 2009
- MONTE-CARLO : SALON des ARTISTES du Comité National Monégasque de l’AIAP-UNESCO – Official visit
of S.A.S. Le Prince Héréditaire ALBERT, Président d’Honneur –10 to 23, November 2000, October 1999
- PARIS :
. Galerie Goutte de Terre, October 2009
. La PETITE COUR St-GERMAIN, Springs & Summer 1996
- RENNES :
. ShowRoom Copoma, Retrospective of paintings - March 2007
. Espace France 3 OUEST (TV) - October 1995
- UTELLE : Cloître du Sanctuairede la Madone - Summer 2004
- NICE : Hôtel Négresco – Winter 2002
- AVIGNON, SAINT-TROPEZ, St-RAPHAEL, GRASSE, VALBONNE, BRIGNOLE :
Series of exhibitions in Country Clubs on 2000
- Le CHATEAU, Bretagne, family property and place of inspiration :
Summers & Winters 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993
- MADRID : ALLIANCE FRANCAISE : Extracciones liricas, Abstract Photographs – October 2008
- SAN FRANCISCO :
. FAIRMONT HOTEL - 2007, 2002, and October 1997 to February 1999
. HANSEN GALLERY at the RITZ-CARLTON - November 1995 to October 1996
. REGAL ART GALLERIES – Winter 1995
- BERKLEY, CALIFORNIA:A Piece of Art Gallery - 2000
- CLARION, SAN FRANCISCO AIRPORT, Private show – October 1995
- KAUAI: KALAPAKI BEACH GALLERY – February, March 1997
- PRINCEVILLE, Kauai - December 1996
- HONOLULU, WAIKIKI PARK SIDE, Private show– February 1996
- MONACO-Ville : GALERIE des PECHEURS – Summer 1999 to 2000
Tahiti – FRENCH POLYNESIA
. GALERIE TIKITEA – May 1998
. MOOREA ROYAL BEACHCOMBER – April 1998
- Press & Magazines, TV, Radio & Internet Reviews –
INTERNET & ART BOOKS:
- FIRENZE,THE NEW FLORENCE BIENNALE, the IX Edition 2013, "Ethics as DNA of Art", 2013
The “WHO’S WHO IN INTERNATIONAL ART” edition forwarded by Pierre Souchaud, Geneva, 2014>2015
- LONDON, ESPACIO GALLERY, Sweet’Art Summer Show, 28th August – 3rd September 2013
HYOGO MUSEUM, International Art Exchange, KOBE, June 5 - 10, 2012 - Press release by Mr Matsubara, President of all Japan Art News Papers and Officer of Art Critic Association
- “THE PEACE PROJECT” by The Whole 9 Gallery, Culver City, CA, 2013
- “IMPORTANT WORLD ARTISTS”,WW Art Books, Santa Barbara, California, 2013
- JAY ETKIN GALLERY, SANTA FE, May, 2013
- ATLANTIC GALLERY, NEW YORK, March, 2013
“NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTO CONTEST 2012”, National Geographic Society,Washington, USA, 2012
“HONORABLE MENTION" – ARTAVITA Gallery CONTEST, Santa Barbara, California, USA, July 2012
“HONORABLE MENTION” - ARTAVITA Galery Contest, July 2012, Santa Barbara, California, USA
WARREN POTASH, Photographer of Nature, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, May 2012
COLLECTORS FINE ART GALLERIES, Los Angeles, Todd SUNDERLAND, Director – 02/13/1997
REGAL ART GALLERIES, San Francisco, Peter BRABBEE, Director – 11/27/1995
TV: K.G.O. Channel, San Francisco, Bob TREBOR – October 1995
PRESS: The GARDEN ISLAND, Kauai – 02/28/1997
TV: KAUAI TV Channel – 02/28/1997
MUSEO de ARTE CONTEMPORANEO VII EUROAMERICANA, Diario El Sol del Cusco, October 22, 2012
MUSEO de ARTE CONTEMPORANEO VII EUROAMERICANA, Cusco, October 17 – 23, 2012, Catalogue of Exhibition
MUSEO de ARTE CONTEMPORANEO, VII EuroAmericana, Cusco, 2012
Philippe BOBY de la CHAPELLE, Villefranche-sur-Mer, October 2010
MUSEE du LOUVRE, Salon Art Shopping, Le Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, June 8-10, 2012
WHO’S WHO Art club international, Genève, Switzerland - Salon SAM, GALERIE 60, Giverny, June 1-8, 2012
SALON ART CANNES 2011 – Palm Beach, Cannes, France, April 2011
SALON des INDEPENDANTS – Art en Capital, LE GRAND PALAIS des Champs-Elysées, Paris, Catalogue of the exhibition, Nov. 2010
PETITES AFFICHES de BRETAGNE, Gwénaëlle de Carné – 03/09/2007, 12/10/1996, 22/12/1995, 12/22/1994, 12/25/1993
NICE MATIN, June 2004, 09/21/2003, 06/01/2000
KIOSQUE, Grasse, June 2000
VAR MATIN, Saint-Raphaël, May 2000
DAUPHINE LIBERE, April 2000
OUEST-FRANCE, 11/04/2007,1 & 3, July 1996, 06/27/1996, 01/06/1996, 16 & 23, December 1995, 24 June & 12/15/1994, 17, 24, 31, December 1993
Les RENDEZ-VOUS du PRINTEMPS, April 1996
PARTHENAY, Bulletin Municipal, Pierre LEBRUMENT, Bretagne – June 1994
GALERIE Etienne de Causans,Who’s Who, Genève, Switzerland, 25 rue de Seine, 8-14 Oct. 2013
GALERIE MOUVANCES, Place des Vosges, Paris, April 30 – May 5, 2013
MUSEE du LOUVRE, Salon Art Shopping, Le Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, June 8-10, 2012
WHO’S WHO Art club international, Salon SAM, Genève, Switzerland, June 1-8, 2012
GALERIE 60, Giverny, June 1-8, 2012
SALON des INDEPENDANTS, Art en Capital, LE GRAND PALAIS des Champs-Elysées, Paris, Nov. 2010
Who’s Who, Genève, Switzerland, GALERIE Etienne de Causans, 25 rue de Seine, 8-14 Oct. 2013
MUSEE du LOUVRE, Salon Art Shopping, Le Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, June 8-10, 2012, Catalogue of Exhibition
WHO’S WHO Art club international, Genève, Switzerland - Salon SAM, GALERIE 60, Giverny, June 1-8, 2012,
Catalogue of Exhibition
LA GAZETTE des ARTS, Salon des Indépendants – Art en Capital, LE GRAND PALAIS des Champs-Elysées, Paris, Nov. 2010
MADAME FIGARO – 23/09/1995
TV: « FRANCE 3 Television » - June 1996, January 1994
RADIO: « RADIO FRANCE ARMORIQUE » (6 interviews) - December 1993
IAA UNESCO - INTERNATIONAL ART EXHIBITION 2O11 (ECO-LIVING), IBL Gallery, PORT-LOUIS –
December, 9/21 2011
EURO-AMERICANA: Newspapers and Catalogue of the VIth. EURO-AMERICAN VISUAL ARTS EXHIBITION / CAMPECHE - MEXICO 2009, July/16-25/2009
EL PAIS, 10/13/2008
EL MUNDO – 10/15/2008 :
ALLIANCE FRANCAISE, Madrid, octobre 2008
“Marie-Pierre presents her recent works: “Lyrical Extractions”, a series of abstract photographs. Her images are pure discoveries and experimental artworks. The viewer is invited to investigate them and let him/herself discover inner travels they inspire. These photographs are original because the camera of Marie-Pierre, her efficient eye partner, often instantly catches them. Through these pictures, she drives us to the invisible, or to get a different vision. Her photographs are like keys that open to the world of imaginary travels. The artist welcomes you in the country of daydreams…”.
Principauté de Monaco
NICE MATIN – 02/25/2001, 11/18/2000
Comité National Monégasque de l’AIAP UNESCO, Catalogue of the Exhibition, November 2000
MONACO MATIN – 11/18/2000
MONACO HEBDO – 02/03/2000
TV: TMC (Television Monte-Carlo) - 1999
- Public Collections –
THE NEW FLORENCE BIENNALE, Fortezza da Basso, FIRENZE, 2013
Hyogo Museum, Kobe- « Excellence Prize », 2012
Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Cusco, 2012
Institute of Fine Art Museum, Campeche, 2009
Ministère de la Culture, Paris, 1995
- Private Collections –
…all around the World
Belgium, Canada, , France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, USA, etc…
- Other activities –
Principauté de Monaco
MONTE-CARLO – Collective exhibit of 32 artists, members of ARTAC Mexico / IAA UNESCO, at Maison de l’Amérique Latine de Monaco, in collaboration with ALM -Courtesy to Monsieur Michel Pastor, President of Maison de l’ALM and Consul of Peru in Monaco- and patronized by Madame Marina De Maere, Vice-President of Maison de l’ALM and Consul of Mexico in Monaco, May-June 2011
Marie-Pierre’s «Lyrical Extraction»
Photographer of Nature
Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA
Marie-Pierre’s palette is her camera.
Her photos are like no other.
They are mysterious and magnetic.
They lead to the unexplored.
The journey must be a Whole New Experience if you are willing to open your imagination and relinquish control.
May 11, 2012
Marie-Pierre’s «Lyrical Extraction»
Philippe BOBY de la CHAPELLE
Philippe Boby de la Chapelle is a writer, conference lecturer, Doctor of Theology, Master of Art History. He was the international specialist jurist of Human Rights for the United Nations, Unesco and the Council of Europe, and a diplomatic envoy of the Vatican. He is also the grandson of Gaston and Suzanne Bernheim de Villers, founders and owners of the “Galerie Bernheim et Jeune” in Paris. He is the author of a variety of publications, notably La Declaration Universelle des Droits de L'Homme et le Catholicisme, Editions Durand Pichon Auzias, Paris 1967, honored by the Academie Francaise and prefaced by Rene Cassin, Nobel Peace Prize winner - and other books such as Paradis retrouvé, un itineraire artistique, Editions Cercle d' Art, Paris, 2005.
In the explosion of colored touches, Marie-Pierre signals us with bursts from mineral depths.
As my friend, the great photographer Edouard Boubat (1923-1999) once said: “The photograph is a kind of gift from nature, one of the unforeseen, it surpasses our expectations!”
There is always a revelation in the images that Marie-Pierre offers us. In her “Lyrical Extraction”, she rescues us from our normal visual habits to allow us to discover the treasure hidden in this colored nature from marine depths.
George Sand (1804-1876) said: “Art is a demonstration of which nature is the proof.” Here we are in a dazzling discovery of enlivened matter the likes of which caused Maurice Guerin (1810-1839) to say in his “Cahier vert”: “Form is the happiness of matter, the eternal embracing of its atoms. In their union, matter rejoices and becomes beatified.”
I strongly hope that all those who will have the pleasure of following Marie-Pierre in her Lyrical Extraction will be able to temporarily set aside their woes in order to contemplate this mineral world at the bottom of the swells; this universe of waves from whence we have never ceased emerging since our first marine ancestors.
The painter Henri Matisse (1869-1954) who illuminated his canvases with the many landscapes of the Riviera didn't hesitate to say: “It is upon entering into the object that one arrives into one's own skin.” (in “Prestiges de Matisse” by André Verdet).
Marie-Pierre is from Rennes, like my ancestors who lived on the banks of the Vilaine. She has never given up her Breton liveliness, allowing us to discover our paradisal universe.
Philippe Boby de la Chapelle
Villefranche / Mer, October 1rst, 2010