From entangled concoctions, rise beings from another world. They swim in a joyful accumulation of form and colour. My pieces reconcile the man-made plastic paraphernalia with their organic counterparts, a world where jellyfish has morphed with plastic jewellery, where composted peppers grow neon pink wool yarns and where flower petals grow out of shower puffs. I intend to transport the viewer into quasi-psychedelic, meditative visions of colliding colours, patterns, brush strokes and colourful gradients.
My pieces are almost always a mixed-media approach to creating art, combining drawing -my very first love-, collage and painting. Often working on paper -sometimes mounted on canvas or wood-, translucent polyester and canvas, I like to use my background in fashion & jewellery design to present artworks that draw influences from many different and eclectic places. Playing with the boundaries between the abstract and the figurative, I like to suggest the form, keeping it deliberately ambiguous so to preserve a sense of looking at something unknown and surprising, for the viewer but also for myself.
Preferring the curve to the straight line, sometimes adorned with glimpses of jewels, fabrics, flowers and decorative patterns: my pieces like to play with the traditionally feminine aspects of life. I have at times struggled with that as if it were something to be ashamed of, something to be disguised. My pieces speak of this paradox that I think many women find themselves in today, between the pressures of “being like a man”, and simply being who we are as women and redefining for ourselves what that means:
“Some day… Some day there will be girls and women whose name no longer signify merely the opposite of masculine, but something in itself, something that makes one think, not of any complement and limit, but only of life and existence: the feminine human being.” Rainer Maria Rilke, “Letters to a Young Poet”
Blandine is a French born artist, who works and lives in London, Deptford. Blandine has an MA in Painting from the Glasgow School of Art, where she developed her love for painting, drawing and soft sculpture. Blandine’s practice has always been interested in the relationship between two-dimensional surfaces and three-dimensional objects. She originally studied a BA Fashion Design Womenswear at Central Saint Martins in London, and after graduating she created a jewellery collection made of plastic tubes. Blandine organises regular art workshops around London.
I am happy to work on commissions and can also organise studio visits.
Photograph by Joël Bardeau