A French-American, Austin-based sculptor and painter, I mostly trained in the late 1980s at the Corcoran Art School in DC, and more recently through classes at Austin Community College, including welding and blacksmithing. I mix into my art my love of objects, collections and artifacts, as solidified in my 11 years of working as a museum anthropologist and a siberianist at the Smithsonian Institution, and my love of people, often channeled through teaching French, cooking, knitting or art since 1999 at my school, La Petite Provence Austin. I also coach classical musicians in French, music being another great love. As an artist, I have participated in over 50 group exhibits since 2017, including in several museums, and just closed a major solo exhibit in Midland where I showed over 60 art pieces. In DC I had co-founded a collective of sculptors, The Washington Heavy School; In Austin I am regularly invited to paint with the American Cheese Fondue gang, and I share various art making shenanigans with my artist friends in our The Raymonds and Juliettes art collective.
My artwork is getting increasingly entangled with text. Language, Writing, Books and Letters, always central to my life, are now hijacking whole new series of artworks. I weld and forge poetic, profound, heavy abstract steel sculptures, busts, love letters, and Asian Sumi ink-inspired landscapes. I crochet French pastries and other odd experimental objects, and I paint exuberant, colorful watercolor and oil abstract paintings and landscapes, which I consider portraits. All my work springs from personal stories, but in series become archetypal. Many pieces are inspired by prehistory and my professional museum experience in non-western art. New since Covid are a bunch of horses, born from a 10-week series I co-created and am now teaching online.
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