Interviews | May 9, 2023 |

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Interview: Jacqueline Poitevin
Luca Curci
talks with Jacqueline Poitevin, one of the selected artist of VISIONS – CANVAS INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2023, held in Venice, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello

Jacqueline Poitevin‘s universe, nourished by the richness of her experiences, is a nature mix-up in which the human tries to find his place. She starts with stapling the canvas on the wooden frame… then coating it with “geso”, spreading the acrylic paint more or less added with medium and water, using brushes, spatulas, and sometimes also with the hands… a colorful palette… the colors bumping into each other, taming each other, finally brushing against each other to commune with sensuality, and reach a mystical, even spiritual dimension! With humility and passion, her feelings spread on the canvas in search of a certain harmony and serenity. Abstraction has been a revelation which has opened up a large possibility of expression of herself. The result always surprises her and, many times, after the spontaneity of the work, without really precise objective, she makes almost figurative discoveries…

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Luca Curci – How did you get to your current artistic practice?
Jacqueline Poitevin –
Throughout my life, I have been guided by my spirit of independence and my creativity which has pushed me to realize all my dreams… It is a bit as if I had several lives, perhaps connected by a common thread, namely my sensitivity to nature and to people. The human who allowed me to have a rich and varied professional career and therefore to exercise different activities, except perhaps that of an artist. Certainly, I have always drawn, painted and written. I was lucky to have been trained by artists, both in France and in Colombia. This is how I kept a great freedom of artistic expression, even if it was intimate. When I discovered the practice of abstraction a few years ago, a whole universe opened up to me. And then, a mad desire to spread colors on large formats, with no specific objective other than to welcome what came from deep within me.

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LC – What are your thoughts while you paint? Do you have any habits or rituals while you work?
JP –
In general, when I start painting, I have an idea running through my mind. I choose a color that I spread more or less diluted, with a brush or a spatula sometimes even with my fingers, then another that often comes into contact with the first one… I am seduced by the interplay between them! They repel each other, attract each other to finally meet, mix in a spontaneous and fascinating movement. It’s a frantic dance that begins! I don’t really have a ritual or a habit. I paint sometimes while listening to rather classical music but I also appreciate the silence. In fact, I’m so focused on my action and what’s happening on the canvas that the environment doesn’t matter!

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LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
JP –
I find it exciting to be an “artist” today! Of course, there are rules and the school, or more exactly the different schools, have a lot to teach us. But, there is also a great freedom of expression. And, art is exploding everywhere, and with all media like “street art”. Some “purists” will say that it is not art. But what is art? What is it supposed to be an artist? For me, it’s expressing emotions with tools that often go beyond words and being able to share all of this with anyone who comes into contact with the “work” whatever it is. There is a dialogue, often silent, between the artist and the spectator or more exactly between the spectator and the work…

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LC – Do visitors’ suggestions enrich yourself and your art?
JP –
It is the holy grail to be able to exchange with visitors, to welcome their feelings, their suggestions. Each conversation enriches me and therefore contributes to what I will paint later, even if I don’t know when and how. I like encounters and I am happy to share a story in front of the painting, a story that may be different from what the viewer perceives.

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LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
JP –
Yes, my style has changed a lot over the years. I started with figurative drawing, perspective, then coloring. It was all very confidential. It was above all… for me, for my family and my friends. It was the practice of abstraction that brought another vision of what I was doing ! A new dimension that made my intimate criteria “explode”! I worked on large formats, it overflowed the frame, the frames and one day I wanted to show, to exhibit, to know what was happening to the other side of my work.

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LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the exhibition?
JP –
Itsliquid offers artists the opportunity to present their creations to a wide audience around the world, in magnificent spaces, to express themselves on their universe whatever the media they use to create their work. “Visions” is a term very representative of the artistic approach which consists in expressing the perception of the outside world, a representation which is often a view of the mind. It allows me to simply connect my abstract expression to the audience, like a thread.

LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the exhibition’s theme?
JP –
The three works presented in the exhibition are abstract. I spontaneously gave them very concrete, very figurative names. And for me that is “Visions” ! And it is also this freedom for everyone to have their own vision…

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LC – Did you enjoy collaborating with us?
JP –
I really enjoyed participating in this event with you. It was relatively simple and above all very rich in communication.

LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
JP –
The ITSLIQUID platform offers many “activities” with the aim of promoting art and more particularly emerging artists. Just choose from the many events held throughout the year and in various locations around the world.

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LC – What do you think of the organization of our evening?
JP –
Venice is a magnificent, magical city… and the evening organized for the opening also had a magical dimension. Indeed, the place is spectacular, a little isolated perhaps, but Venice being a kind of labyrinth full of surprises, it is a wonder to discover this palace while crossing the bridge. The interior is a setting in which art in all its forms, even the most unexpected, was able to express itself in a friendly atmosphere, with a desire that it never stop!

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