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AS IS | Florence Dussuyer


Based near Lyon, France

Florence's work is highly influenced by her travels, particularly by the time she spent in Vietnam. She portrays women characters in intimate settings, surrounded by beautiful color play and patterns, creating a mythical, ancient feel to them

A: Please, tell us a bit more about yourself. What brought you into art?

F: I do not come from an artistic background but, overall, I have had this desire to paint since my early childhood, a desire that is built by doing. My backgrounds are diverse: applied arts and visual arts. Translating my emotions is what drives my creations. My travels marked me a lot: Morocco, India or Vietnam (fine arts when I was 20 years old).

My workshop is located in France, near Lyon. At the moment, I am exhibiting at the Paul-Dini Museum (France) and in Paris. I work with the Bayart Gallery which is my main gallery, and soon with new galleries : in Switzerland in particular).

I continue to work in painting on the theme of "asleep", "awake", "Stories of women" and the feminine in general as if to question my own relationship to femininity. My formats are becoming more and more monumental because I have this need to physically immerse myself in painting (painting of 7.80 x 180 cm at the moment). At the same time, I am also interested in other artistic forms that I develop with collective or personal projects: drawing, dance (Biennale St Etienne, (France) and Mining Museum, sculpture (plaster or ceramic dress), writing, artists' books with poets, engraving and pictorial performance.

A: What inspires you the most?

F: I think there is no hierarchy in the gaze and that everything can be interesting to observe. I am therefore inspired by nature, animals, patterns, fabrics, ceramics and art history. My practice is spontaneous and I pick whatever I come across.

A: Do you have any specific rituals while working (creating)?

F: I descend into my studio as I descend into myself, I try to be close to meditation. To be dynamic, I work in tight clothes with varied music and I work according to the seasons. To have interesting materials, I spread my canvases outside when it is very hot and I launch the paint that I watch for like an “animal”, then I revisit these materials to do something with them during the winter season.

A: What would you recommend to someone new to art (an artist or just an admirer), what to begin with?

F: Lots of work, free energy and perseverance! Great sensitive and human qualities. Seek the random, the unexpected, the depths in oneself and dare to go towards the unknown.

A: Your top 3 adjectives related to art?

F: Social, deep, open.

A: The best angle to look at art is from …?

F: deeply feel its emotions

A: The perfect phrase to start any conversation about art is:..?

F: "Who are you, who am I, what do we have in common?"

A: Must-read books to help us talk about art (or do we even need them)?

F: Fabienne Verdier's Passenger of Silence, Merleau-Ponty's The Eye and the Mind, The Origin of Representations by François Sacco and Eric Robert, the work of Georges Didi-Huberman and François Cheng, rhythmic writing by Marguerite Duras, etc.

A: If you could change one thing in the art world - what would it be?

F: The world of art is ultimately that of life. I would therefore like to give women a voice, open up artistic genres and multiply encounters, allow even more workshop exchanges, collective projects and highlight everyone's involvement. Bring poetry to life.

A: Please, share your favorite quote (not necessarily related to art)

F: “Poetry is dispersion that has found its form”. P. Blanchot

Thank you!

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