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06 Aug

Why I paint abstract art... in a nutshell

Publié par Alice Maynard  - Catégories :  #Abstraction

Why I paint abstract art... in a nutshell

Watercolour abstraction

Watercolour abstraction

Why I paint abstract art... in a nutshell

Since I started with my artistic process, I have had to answer a number of questions which I am not used to. For example, every day, I wonder what I want to paint. Not to mention the others' questions… they are sometimes sceptic : “What is it? And where is the mountain in your landscape?” I may paint or draw figurative artworks and enjoy it, for sure. But I find an immeasurably greater accomplishment in creating and executing abstract compositions: this process matches better with me, because I do not want to represent things, but to express them. This is not the aesthetic aim which matters the most to me when I am painting, but the thoughts and the questioning.

I chose abstract painting for the total freedom it offers on several levels.

First of all, choosing abstract art brings an essential technical freedom to the artist. So I let myself free from physical constraints on the one hand (materials and practices); and from traditional thematic constraints on the other hand. In fact, subjects and objects make room, from now on, to forms and colours per se. Freeing yourself from figurative art is freeing yourself from reality in order to create your own visual language. Graphically, I now have the infinite possibility to play with forms and colours, in total freedom, or to create my own artistic rules. A new dimension appears then: mine.

But abstract is also a privileged way for an artist to express himself apart from social constraints, far away from social rules and its (many) pressures. It can be a real way to escape from modern life. Painting then becomes a real intellectual process, even spiritual. It is an act of freedom in which the question of identity is involved, for my part. Painting allows me to affirm who I am, and not who the society wants me to be.

At last, art is above all a language for me. Its goal is to go beyond appearances and to discover the deep and singular meaning of life. Everyday language, often simplistic, does not get the world in its originality; abstract art, spontaneous, directly coming from the artist's imagination, from his cerebral and sensitive functioning, and not of external situation, fills what reality fails to communicate. Besides, it creates a unique encounter with the spectator, who, by looking at the painting, has a free understanding and appreciation of it, and can detect in it a message the artist has not thought about. The eye of the spectator does not give a simple look, but can also feel. Here, we do not talk about aesthetics, but about sensibility. Therefore, the spectator takes part in the enrichment of the painting, and the artwork becomes a collaboration between the artist and the spectator.

Thus I want to paint abstract art because my goal is to be free and to be myself. What is it? It is an affect, a concept, a feeling, a moment. Where is the mountain? The mountain is where you are seeing it, even if I did not put it there. And if you do not see it, it is because the snow has covered it and it merges in the fog...

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