Interview: Margot Barbier

Interview: Margot BarbierImage courtesy of Margot Barbier

Interview: Margot Barbier

Luca Curci talks with Margot Barbier during THE BODY LANGUAGE 2019 at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space.

Margot Barbier was born on January 8th 1997 in Dijon. As I was just a baby, my family decided to move to get to find warmth and light in the South of France. My first steps in Art started when I was still very young, my motivation first came from health troubles that prevented me to perpetuate the family tradition for sports, then I rapidly became passionate about art and art history. In primary school, I began drawing and painting but I also began to study art history in the ateliers. In Annabelle’s atelier, I copied the great masters a lot and I also discovered how to link my passion for art with my love for children; I learnt with Annabelle how to host ateliers. This experience enhanced with my own practice gave birth to the opening of l’atelier de Margoulette in 2015, as soon as i got my Literature baccalaureate, with art specialization. During school years, I’ve learnt better throughout various ateliers of the region. Professors after professors, I got to know new techniques (acrylic paint, oil paints, charcoal drawing…), new notions (colors, construction, rhythm…) and I’ve gotten interested in new artists, classics and contemporaries. Since 2016, I essentially dedicated myself to the practice of my favorite techniques : oil paints and charcoal drawing. Since then, I often get to meet regularly and with pleasure the public’s look during collective or individuals exhibitions. I work and I study in Venelles, near Aix-en-Provence and I made the choice of living an artist’s life at the very beginning of my 20th year.

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Luca Curci – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
Margot Barbier – As the apprentices of the past centuries did, I developed my skills in artists’ ateliers. Two of them have been important for me. Annabelle’s atelier (Marseille, France) and her teaching of art history and of paintings’ copying, then the drawing and oil paints techniques, and life model drawings in the Atelier Libre (Aix-en-Provence). More than a stunning event, it’s a series of experiences, of encounters and of choices that have influenced my work.

LC – Which subject are you working on?
MB – The main topic of my work is about the woman and her identity.

LC – Do visitors’ suggestions enrich yourself and your art?
MB – During the creation process, it’s an exclusive link between the work and myself that is created. But when the works meet the public, it’s very rewarding for me to receive the visitors’ suggestions, their vision of the work and the link that they create with it.

LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
MB – I changed my style about 3 years ago.I’ve been working for a year on a series of still lives mainly composed of bottles and glass objects, searching for transparency and light through the colors techniques when I was making a great shift related to my themes and my style. The woman took all the space, drawing and painting weren’t antinomic anymore. The line became the guiding strength, that serves the expression of the identity and of the unique history of each woman.

LC – Which art themes do you pursue? What is your preferred subject, if there is any?
MB – My favorite themes are all about woman ; to get to express the unique character of each woman, to show the identity behind the appearances, behind an outfit or a staging, to symbolise how she takes charge of her own destiny : these are most of the themes I explore daily.

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LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the festival?
MB –  I agree with your vision and I think the theme of the festival is very rich and interesting to explore.

LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the festival’s
theme?
MB – The two works presented at the exhibition constitute a dialogue. The two women express themselves and communicate through their bodily postures and through the integration of their body into the lines or on the contrary, into a big space. The body language invite us to guess theirs feelings and their choices.

LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists ?
MB – Yes, I think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists !

LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
MB – I think that the service offered is varied and adapted to the contemporary art artists. The exhibition «The Body Language» is my first collaboration with you and, as I couldn’t get to come, I’m waiting forward to receive your comments.

LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
MB – Yes, I enjoyed it and I hope that you did too!

 

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