Fantine Andrès, prize-winner in 2012 of the Rotary Arts prize, draws with graphite pencil scenes composed of items of lost property, materials, hair, birds etc … as if they had been saved from a strange cataclysm …
She begins her work of drawing with a phase of documentation. She photographs objects chosen for their various aspects, textures, colors, lights, with the aim of establishing a picture library. These are stored, sorted out, used or put aside ... to be finally assembled.
Corals, raw meat, cigarette ends are elements identified, anchored in the reality, the connotations of which attract or disgust. Her challenge is to moove away from these expected impressions. The less noble and noble objects live then randomly, close from the hybridization, and the perspectives become impossible.
The depiction aims at first sight at a certain realism, but objects are used, transformed: the branches of trees become geometrical, the meat becomes sticks. Very rich and textured, they become confused and testify of a real bias. They are not simply reproduced but suited. This kind of still life is suspended between two states, flirting with the limits of the terrible and the attractive, arousing the interrogation.
Fascinated by the sensual depiction, but also disturbing because of the use of the graphite pencils, her drawings create an intriguing balance. This is strengthened by the white background of the paper, drawings look like if they were cut or stuck. Tones are strong and homogeneous in opposition of a too much waited contrast.
Fantine Andrès was born in 1983, she lives and works in Strasbourg (France)
She is graduates in 2009 with a Master of Arts (DNSEP & DNAP), from l'École Supérieure d’Art et de Design Saint-Étienne (ESADSE)