A trip to the sea, what do you say ?
It's been 30 years since Florence Bonnot left France to live on the island of beautiful waters: Guadeloupe. There, she bound a deep love for the ocean, the thread of precious memories of lost beings. Through her brushes, the artist plunges us into a colored, poetic and aquatic universe.
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C - How did you start painting? What do you like in this art?
F - I have been painting a long time, since I was a child. We were four sisters who loved drawing and painting. We spent a lot of our games in this art and we often made comparisons of our drawings and paintings. I think it helps for later!
I started seriously at the death of my sister, more than 20 years ago. It was a trigger, an obviousness. And then, several years later, my husband died, this time it was a therapy.
Now I paint more serenely and above all I want to share all the emotions that provides our beautiful nature.
« I started seriously at the death of my sister, more than 20 years ago. It was a trigger, an obviousness. »
C - You have a very aquatic style, sometimes underwater that makes us travel in the sea, forest or mangrove. What inspires you? Tell us about your universe.
F - I had two husbands who had a boat. So all the beauties I met are kept my memory and often photographed. Most of my paintings are places encountered. I still go to sea.
Crédit photo : Florence Bonnot - @flo.b_florencebonnot
C - We discovered your work at the Pool Art Fair (Guadeloupe). Do you have upcoming exhibitions? What are your main tools?
F - I am an autodidact. I use the knife and the brush. I only had two exhibitions, the Art Fair pool and the Fort fleur de épée. I'm thinking of doing another one after the hurricane season in October 2018.
« Caribbean culture is made of colors, cheerfulness, kindness and generosity. All my paintings are impregnated and that's what I like! »
C - Does Caribbean culture influence you in your artworks?
F - Through my paintings I would like to make known the West Indies. It is a way of militating for the preservation of the sea, wildlife and the animals that live there. Caribbean culture is made of colors, cheerfulness, kindness and generosity. All my paintings are impregnated and that's what I like!
C - What is the artwork you are most proud of, and why ?
F - The artwork I am most proud of is Esprit (the mangrove). I have put a little girl (for purity) to remember that this place is out of the ordinary and must be preserved at all costs!
It was bought by the autonomous port of Guadeloupe. Mission accomplished ! The message will share better in a public place.
A touching artist, who made us travel the time of an article. It's always a pleasure to share our artistic favorites on Caribeart.
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