Interview: Agnès Rancier Picard
Luca Curci talks with Agnès Rancier Picard during CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2021 – THE SECRET GARDEN, at Misericordia Archives.
Agnès Rancier Picard is an International french plastician artist and photographer. Her paintings are presented in french galleries especially in Paris and also in foreign countries: Poland, Spain. She is the winner of the Prize “Paris Arty Show” in the famous Just Jaeckin Gallery in Saint Germain des Prés in Paris France (2019). Trained in the “École des Beaux-arts” of Caen, she focuses her artistic approach on the problems of space inside and outside the artist. In the artistic movement of Marcel Duchamp, Robert Rauschenberg, or Miquel Barcelò, she introduces in her works objects “rejects” of everyday life. She uses “thrown away” and “disposable”: shredded paper, used zippers, in an environmental and universal approach. She creates a coherent artistic personal universe with colourful, rich materials, opening under luminous surfaces. They symbolize faith in Humanity and Hope in Nature. This artistic concept leads her to explore other modes of expression: photography, plastic arts, installation and sculptures.
LUCA CURCI – How did you get to your current practice?
AGNÈS RANCIER PICARD – I attended a School Art in France (Ecole Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Caen), after coming back from San Francisco (USA) in the 90th. Till those years I dedicate all my time as a professional plastician artist. I explore different ways of artistic expressions: installation, painting, sculpture and photography. I want to be free in choosing what kind of artistic support is better to express my concept.
LC – What are your thoughts while you paint? Do you have any habits or rituals while you work?
ARP – For me, painting needs a lot of energy and concentration. In fact, the artwork that I want to realize is well built in my mind before painting. I always try to be concentrated on choosing the right frame and colours. I am very aware of the structure of my paintings. I use basic and flashy colours in order to make a very strong visual impact. So, I suggest a simplification of Nature, as all those colours mixed together, could recreate all the existing colours. ESSENTIAL COLOURS: ESSENTIAL REALITY. The very disorder in my workshop contrasts a lot with the order in my paintings.
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
ARP – I am very influenced by the American painter Barnett Newman with his colour fields and that tiny line dividing the frame ‘Zip’. I decided to name all the series of my artworks with real zippers ‘Zip’ in honor of this great (famous) artist. Other influences come from Miguel Barcelò as I introduce in my artworks reject objects of usual life as his own practice: nails, used zippers, washers. For me, it is the way suggesting that Art and Reality are interconnected.
LC – What is your creative process like?
ARP – Before realizing my paintings I think about them for a long time in my mind. I am working on the secret, the hidden things, the appearance(s). So I try to find the best way to express that concept. In my works, there are always two ways of interpretation. One symbolizes what you show to others (the appearance) and the other reveals your own reality (identity). I like to work by series to improve a visual impact.
LC – How did you feel when you see your work completed?
ARP – When my artwork is completed it does not belong to me anymore. So, I feel like someone offering a gift or throwing a bottle in the sea. I verify that flashy colours are able to catch the interest of the public. I am hoping that the spectators would react. I want them to be reactive on the role of the zipper and ask themselves about the meaning of the layers of my paintings. So they could think about themselves and their own life. For me, Art is not beauty but questioning: Beauty is a very hard concept to define. Everyone has his own definition of beauty. Questioning through the conception of my personal world is more interesting for me. Reaction is Communication. Art is communication.
LC – What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this exhibition? How is it connected to the theme of the entire exhibition?
ARP – Identity and Consciousness (exhibition theme) are two very important matters in all my artwork. Consequently, I try to explore the world around and inside myself, in order to connect my own reality to the reality surrounding me. I have been working for a while on the hidden human being’s wounds. That was exploring our internal world. In my artistic approach, I have two main ways to express that two concepts. The first one, in this particular artwork that I present in this exhibition named “ZIP AZUL”, represents one of the ways to express that concept. Tough materials invading all the frames symbolize the accumulated layers of our lives: The Appearance shown to the spectators. I use a real zipper to open that world and to reveal what it is behind. In that case, a smooth and bright colour appears, a symbol of our internal light. It is an optimistic vision of our own mental world. The zipper is an easy way to modulate what I want to show or not of my own reality. The last one is to divide the frame into cells representing each part of our own reality.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
ARP – Definitely. In two ways. First of all, it is an important opportunity to show and explain our own artworks in amazing places. But also it is a good way to make a dialog with artists. Exchanging with artists from all over the world brings a spiritual, creative and intellectual richness.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
ARP – Of course. ITSLIQUID GROUP’s team is amazing. Consideration, kindness and professionalism, those words are good definitions of ITSLIQUID GROUP. I will continue for further exhibitions with those great people. I am very glad to participate in CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2021 – The Secret Garden in Misericordia Archives.