Seed, oil on canvas, 50cm x 40cm, artist's collection


Since 1999, I had been drawing shapes of seeds and flowers and in 2004 I decided to start painting them. At the time oil paint was a new medium to me. Up to then, I had only done installation work, sculpture or drawing. In this first serie of paintings, one can feel the density of my first encounter with oil. The paintings  are very “full”, very colorful, everything is contained in the shapes, the colors are tightly held into the seeds, I haven’t yet got the tools to let paint speak on it’s own. During the creative process of this work, I felt as though I was looking for myself inside the canvas, inside the shapes, I was filled by the painting, and the painting was becoming my own body, a body I was filling up with paint.
Seed variations
Collar bone, oil on board, 30cm x 21cm, artist's collection
Golden self, 2005, oil on canvas, 30cm x 40cm, private collection
Nest, 2005, oil on board, 30cm x 21cm
Psychedelic cavity, 2005, oil on board, 30cm x 21cm, artist's collection
Esoteric me, oil on canvas, 60cm x 20cm, private collection
Coco de mer, 2005, oil on canvas, 50cm x 60cm, private collection


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