Catherine Cazau’s abstract art in Studios Paris Art Gallery
Following our tradition to present a new artist in our gallery every three months, the Studios’ Gallery has become a departure point for a new arousing artistic journey starting September 19th.
In it, Catherine Cazau, a graduate of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Valence and our ultimate painter on show, will share her views of art through two of her collections to be displayed in the gallery.
Catherine in her atelier
As an abstract artist, Cazau has long understood that an artwork doesn’t necessarily need to be a representation of “something”, but rather a creative explosion in slow motion.
Interested in compositions which invite human beings to reflect on their own destiny – creations where silence, anger, deepness or pain are invited to thrive in the image – her own works flirt with ideas, explore them and experiment with them in order to fully expose them in a raw and non-literal manner.
A painting from the Buqui collection
Curious about various forms of art, but most passionate about abstract and contemporary expressions, Cazau is inspired by Cubism, Dadaism, Expressionism, action painting and minimal art. Her artistic pantheon hosts names such as Picasso, Miro, Klee, Tapies, Hartung, Pollock, Fautrier, Dubuffet, de Kooning, Debré, Tal Coat, Alechinsky and her taste leads her towards similar painting techniques and related manners of addressing the issues a contemporary work of art usually raises.
Through her abstract and figurative compositions, Cazau shares her vision of what the artistic discourse should be. Sometimes her artworks reveal a reality that we have not imagined before. Other times she adds new layers to the reality we live in, thus enriching it. Now and then her artworks would look like dead-end streets, dialogues lacking a logical sense but nevertheless infused with an undeniable brutal creative force. Her works are like living beings, brought to life after each interaction between the spectator and the canvas.
En pleine conscience
Cazau’s first exhibition took place in an empty room in the police station of Dieulefit when she was 13. Ever since, she has exhibited in Paris, Nice, Venice, Switzerland, the Antibes, Sweden and the Nordic countries – all the while sharing the philosophy that “early 20th century abstraction is art’s version of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. It’s the idea that changed everything everywhere: quickly, decisively, for good.”
How did you connect with Studios Paris Gallery? What inspired you to exhibit with us?
Catherine: Since June 2012, my husband and I have been visiting Montmartre for 3 or 4 days each month to help an elderly uncle and aunt of ours, who are Montmartre painters. So during one of my incidental walks on the hill, my eye was attracted by this pretty and cozy gallery with its beautiful bright window displays and smart design. It just prompted me to push the door open… Eva’s kindness delighted me, and the dynamic aspect of the Studios Paris team inspired me!
Tell us more about the exhibition you are about to present in Studios Paris Gallery – its name, its message, its philosophy?
The exhibition’s name “Croco fashion / textures” is a wink to the “skin-like” texture of the “materialist” canvases, with all the signs, traces and collages drawn over these artworks on paper. I will present two types of work which truly define my art and are significant to me. The first collection comprises a series of about six works on paper in mixed media: engravings, paintings, collages, scraps of words, framed under glass; the second one is a series of 10 paintings on canvas, solo pieces (100 cm x 80 cm) or narrow diptychs (100 cm x 40 cm or 90 cm x 40 cm) united under the name “Croco fashion” – with a thick incised structure, made from marble dust, glue and acrylic paint. The images are visions imbued with poetry, intimacy, silences and questions about mankind. With them, I wish to invite “the other” into my space of sensitivity.
What can our visitors expect to see/experience during your exhibition?
Visitors could approach my works as if reading a poem by Baudelaire or Charles Juliet, in an act charged with emotion. These images are meant to take you beyond, to a space of meditation, where the material and its inner life are about to whirl you into the essence of being, where a glance cast on the painting would also raise questions about yourself and encourage you to go on an inner journey.
You frequently write or paint words over your paintings. What is the inherent link between text and image in your works?
My approach is close to poetry… The texts (or text fragments) are not necessarily there in order to be read, the copy often being quite illegible. As for the readable parts of the text – they are here to question, to surprise and to take you off the beaten path or provide a short but meaningful poetic experience resembling a haiku.
Des signes qui ont l’air d’etre les choses
How would you define your art? Abstract? Conceptual?
My work is definitely abstract. However, some people do see physical aspects to it: bodies, the sea, the desert, a mountain or even some worms! Personally I need to see nothing in there. I use a variety of textures, very thick yet tactile materials, with which I express or attempt to express the subtle, the non-tactile, the unspeakable, the invisible, an unseen world. For me painting is a spiritual quest, a search for the absolute. It feels like meeting the Infinite and reaching for what’s beyond…
Dans un coin du monde
The “Croco fashion / Textures” exhibition is on show in our gallery on 2, Rue Androuet.
You are kindly invited to visit starting from September 19th.