Carole Bécam (France) talks to us about her art, answering 10 questions, using the 5 W’s (Who, What, Where, When, Why).
Art is an Awakening, it is inspiring and nourishing.Carole Bécam
Who are you?
A French painter, born in 1968 in Brittany, I trained in a school of interior design in Paris. The profound transmission of one of my teachers, an architect and researcher, allowed me to glimpse another vision of art and natural correspondences between architecture, humanism and spirituality. For more than 20 years, my paintings have stemmed from a connection to the LIVING, evolving, inspiring, raw and necessarily abstract.
Who are your favourite artists?
Antoni Tàpies: for me, he evokes an artistic path of great freedom in the abstraction and the matierism of which he is the uncontested master. His approach to symbolism, his spiritual sensitivity and his audacity have always been a great source of inspiration since my first paintings.
Joan Miró: I am very sensitive to his original approach in the field of painting, ceramics and sculpture. He opened an autonomous artistic way and invented a colorful and poetic universe.
Zao Wou Ki: I am fascinated by his plastic expression of space and poetry as well as the intercultural fusion of Asia and the West that we find in his work.
These three painters are a source of inspiration of the order of SENSITIVITY for me, as well as the approach of the concept of space, symbolism, colour, spirituality, universality, poetry as well as the freedom of expression which they incarnate.
What themes does your art focus on?
The main themes I approach are those of spirituality, sensitivity, subtlety and space.
What is your hallmark as an artist?
I emphasize values such as light, contrast, matter, fading out and strongly contrasting colours.
What music or other audio do you listen to while you work?
I immerse myself in a variety of musical worlds that inspire and exalt me, from repetitive rhythms that facilitate concentration and the emergence of creative energy, to oriental music (Yuval Ron), contemporary music (Philip Glass), electronic music (Mercan Dede) or classical music. These sensory experiences densify and renew my work, then they purify me and bring me closer to my own language.
When did you decide that art was part of you and your life?
I haven’t really decided: Art is a necessity in my life. Quite naturally, it is my means of expression and transmission. It is what allows me to be closer to my soul. It’s also a space of freedom.
Where do you work on your artwork?
I work in my studio. I need to be very concentrated and alone. I work vertically, with the paint on a wall.
Where would you like to see your artworks exhibited?
I would like to see my artwork exhibited in beautiful galleries recognized in the world of art, contemporary art centres and big fairs such as the FIAC, for example.
Why do you make art?
For the same reasons as the question “When ?”. For me, Art is a world of possibilities, or rather an art of possibilities, where colours, textures, materials are mixed, sublimated by an insistent work on light. What interests me in the act of painting is the discovery. I live Art like a journey, I like to be surprised by what I do, to be guided by my intuition and a part of the unknown that I let express itself. Thus, intimately, the act of painting is as much a vital necessity as a spiritual process.
Why do you think art is important in our society?
Because Art is an Awakening, it is inspiring and nourishing. Art stimulates emotions, reflections and the critical spirit. Art gives the opportunity of an opening on oneself, on human nature, the society and the world… Art in society allows one to connect with BEAUTY, to cultivate one’s curiosity, one’s sensitivity and to awaken to the invisible…
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