"Sensually" by Anne Dare
Certain events in my life have allowed me to contemplate more on the meaning of life, on what is important as a sentient being to do, to let go of, to appreciate and to seek. We are often driven to distraction with our noisy world and do not take the time to be in stillness.
My "Contemplation" series represents the difference phases: being still while listening to the sounds of silence, of nature... watching the sunrise and the sunset... grieving... having moments of revelation but mostly feeling who we are and understanding our inner world.
I like working on small surfaces. It somehow forces me to distill the forms to the essential. The wood surface provides a natural texture allowing me to stamp on the feminine shape that i carved on linoleum.
My "Dream" series places the feminine form in an open natural surrounding. The stillness gives a sense of vulnerability while sleeping. The colors represent the intensity of those surreal states and transport us in an other dimension.
"Grieving" by Anne Dare
I was born and lived my early childhood in Vietnam during the sixties. My father was an amateur photographer who escaped often for hours to capture the Vietnamese daily life, and who also recorded our family afternoons spent at the Botanical Gardens under the shade of its magnificent trees, in Saigon. My father's photographs soothed the longing i had for Vietnam after our return to France. My childhood in Asia shaped my aesthetic preferences.
My digital collage series about childhood incorporates those worlds, his photography and my own work. It combines that exotic and distant past with the present, the vibrant colors being the conduit... to bring our memories in a new dimension.
Most of us in our lifetime have been influenced by images, sounds or words that brought greater understanding, opened a world of new possibilities, and ignited a desire for self expression.
Art changed my perception of this world when I saw "Mona Lisa" by Leonardo da Vinci for the first time at the Louvre in Paris. I was twelve. I often wondered what made it so fascinating to me.? And I believe it was the intimate experience i had. How close i could approach it and how i was able to observe all the details, the background landscapes, the smile, the eyes, the dress. It was at a time when the security was not as restrictive and the room was almost empty. No crowd, no lines, no camera, no recording, just observing, appreciating in silence ... it was a gift that transformed my way of seeing... feeling maybe.
I became interested in the process of creating, of expressing oneself through an artistic voice, of seeking that path. Poetry was one way but art and design became the two main languages helping me to understand the human story, creating this powerful connection through different experiences, culture, but mostly amplifying my perspective as a woman, strengthening my appreciation for being a woman.