Who am I?
I grew up near Marseille and obtained a master’s degree in art science from the University of Aix en Provence. In 2003, I started working in gardens and making exhibitions – especially sculptures and installations -, then I decided to specialize at the National School of Landscape where I was trained to be landscape designer. I come from a family of gardeners, which is probably why it has always seemed natural to me to devote myself to the landscape.
Since 2013, I have been working on a form of cartographic drawing, “walking maps”, which allows me to bring together my artistic research and my knowledge around the landscape. For each drawing, I follow a landscape access protocol. I will first walk there without a preconceived idea of the route to experience the place in question. I form a visual catalog of the place with photographs, sketches … I am very interested in greenery, in geology, which I always represent in the same way, following a legend. Later, in the workshop, I work from maps, documents on the history of the place … The “walking maps” are a synthesis of all these elements, both objective and subjective.
I was very turned upside down by Picasso’s sculptures when I was a student. The primitive arts also fascinated me: for me it was a mix between the culture of the land and sculpture which spoke to me a lot.
A project close to my heart
I work on larger, round works taken in a circle of wood one or two meters in diameter that would rotate thanks to a motorized system. I would like to transcribe landscapes with several more or less large circles, to install paintings like dials … I work my works by turning the paper according to the points of view that I have in the landscape, it is always necessary turn your head to read them, they don’t really have a sense of reading or hanging on a wall; the round format is therefore perhaps the most appropriate.
“I would like to be able to go on a trip and draw France or other countries, be a traveling artist …” (Amandine Maria)