Annabelle Mai - Artiste Illustratrice

"Artistic practice is a means of expression like no other. Beyond the decorative aspect, art carries meaning and messages. My enrichment is to be able to transmit a vision that is both realistic and poetic of what surrounds us.”



Painter, Gordes (84)

Aurore tells us about her journey, leading to the evidence that her true place was in artistic creation.

Tell us your story, how did your vocation come to you?

Time and experiences gradually led me to the realization and decision that my true place was in artistic creation.
As a child I remember that I was overflowing with imagination and this creative passion has never really left me. I studied architecture, which was rich and fascinating, and it was through this that I approached different types of art: painting, drawing, modeling, photography, writing…
Once I became an architect and after several years in different agencies abroad, I quickly felt confined, I thirsted for freedom and creation. I was already painting a little. The decision to make a living from my art took time to emerge. First exhibitions, a change of life in Provence, a place to create, and of course the joy of getting up every morning stimulated my decision.

How would you describe your style, your artistic approach in a few words?

My artistic work questions our deep essence, which is intimately linked to Nature, as well as the relationship we have with It. The different collections that I present revolve around this theme. Each creation is made up of noble and natural materials, both the supports (linen or hemp fabric, handmade cotton and linen paper) and the mediums (natural inks and pigments).

What are the themes or subjects that inspire you the most in your work?

Our relationship to the Earth, our roots and origins linked to living things.

How do you work?

I am lucky to have a studio to work in, I exhibit there, I also receive the public for visits or intuitive painting workshops.

I often work on different collections, whose themes are very close or intersect. I write and read a lot in advance on the subjects I want to cover. It is important for me to have theoretical hooks and references because my working method is both spontaneous and conceptual.

Do you have a particular technique, a particular know-how? Without revealing all your secrets to us, have you developed your own methods and techniques?

I use materials from the plant or mineral world as much as possible, whether they are supports or mediums. Which is consistent with the subjects I deal with.

Tell us about your daily life, your constraints, your joys, your successes…

Creation is an entirely part of me, not being able to live it, what I do through my art, would be like an amputation. The mind of an artist is bubbling, with ideas that sometimes succeed, others that die. It's a daily life full of ups and downs, motivation and doubts, joys and worries. All this lived on edge, because what an artist produces is a part of himself that he offers.

A message to convey, anything else you would like to share?

Art is essential for humans, it constitutes a part of us that elevates us. The very diverse emotions it arouses are all signs that we are alive and free.


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