What is painting for me ? The desire to create a space where i can stay until the end of time.»There are numerous way to look at a painting. We can enjoy what a painting represents, we canwonder how the artist produced it, or question his/her intention or the phsycological bene t expected to be drawn from it. Just as there is many ways to look at a painting and nd meanig or justi cation, there are also several reasons for creating it: an artist may create out vanity ( leave his/her mark in the world), out of idleness ( something to do), out of habit ( routine practice) or out of pleasure ( the joy of doing something new or experimental ). Perhaps the error is to consi- der artistic creation, Die Schöpfung, as a process capable of being homogenised, universalised and identical for all creators.

Let us consider the painting of Aurélie Gravas, a french artist established in Brussels, and statefrom the outset that we appreciate it in these few lines through the prism of speci ty, not of uni- versality. Aurélie Gravas’ style is unique to her. Based on collage , brushing and tracing with avery speci c layout, it escapes all narration, oscillate between guration and abstraction, honourstradition and is embodied, unvarnished, by references to great elders, while following a unique theme. Another singular point that we take into consideration is that the new title of this new col- lection of paintings, « Tipees », exhibited this winter in Brussels, is rather sibyline.

The Tepee? This Native American habitat made of wood is more precarious than solid, and noma- dic as sedentary.

A process: In a dozen paintings of different formats, Tipees opens our eyes to a colorful universethat is sometimes gurative and sometimes abstract. These compositions resist any narration asthey do not tell a story, but rather focus on situations….

Paul Ardenne, «Tipees», Éditions Le Bord de l’eau / La Muette, Février 2020

Courtesy of Alice Gallery

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