The World I Truly Know

Oil Paintings (2015-present)

Technique: successive layers of paint swept and scratched away with household brushes

A Vague Memory, 2017
Oil on canvas, 150*180 cm

For this series of paintings, I got rid of the traditional paint brushes and replaced them with household brushes. I also changed the direction of the canvas, laying it flat on the floor so that I could sweep away layers of paint using a broom.

Little by little, this technique evolved too: I added an extra step where, canvas back on the wall, I would decide of the zones to work on further by applying more paint, or on the contrary erasing and smudging the excess – always with small kitchen brushes.

On these paintings, the household brush-strokes are very visible and accentuate the woven aspect of the canvas – I like to think of them as a link to my textile background.

studio, 2015

Here are a few of these pantings in their new homes:

The Boxer, 2015
Oil on canvas, 40*30 cm

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