"Vacances d’été chez les grands parents" by Cécile Guicheteau

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"Vacances d’été chez les grands parents" by Cécile Guicheteau.


Technique: oil on iron with rust patina
Dimensions: 60 x 60 cm
Year: 2014

The Artwork:

Snapshot of a childhood memory. When the heat of summer goes hand in hand with snacks in the garden on the overwhelmingly hot afternoons and the echo of the soft voice of grandmother calling from the next room to drink some lemon juice in the shade.
This work is part of the oil on iron collection that was on display in San Francisco at the French Institute of San Francisco in 2014. Many years have passed since then and things and people change, but each piece is part of a moment of she who created them, like tangible, visible, perceptible DNA. For some pieces, it is possible to explain the time at which a series of conditions come together and lead to change, but creating art is like laughing, crying - no one would imagine asking where the tears come from, or why laughing makes a noice. It is the emotion felt by the person before us, part of the moment, which completes the work.

The artist:

Cécile Guicheteau, 1974 Cholet (FR), is a contemporary artist. After graduating in art from the Pivaut institute in Nantes, for years she has worked in Paris as a decorator for television and collaborated with numerous galleries. In 2008 she published "Tortueuse Fantasy", with Michel Archimbaud, author of the last interviews with Francis Bacon. She has carried out several exhibitions abroad: Italy, USA, Canada, Japan and the Grand Palais in Paris. In 2016 she completed a permanent exhibition at the Di Tucheng Museum in China after spending 45 days there for an artistic residence. In 2017/2018 she exhibited at the Torre dos Cielos gallery in Japan and later won the UNESCO Open-Air Museum project (2019) in Praiano, on the Amalfi Coast. Her works are present in museums and private collections.

She says about herself: I don't try to be a witness of my time, I don't try to comment on anything, the universe that I express is part of my inner world, stuff of writing or legends. All this comes through me and ends up on the canvas together with my experiences. For some time now I have been trying to forget what I have learned in such a way as to let my childish hand guide my work.


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Cécile Guicheteau

Item #P55783

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