Early this fall I viewed the exhibit of a beautiful artist at Side Door, Omaha. This Is Not A Myth, featured the images of Vilaine Frange, a native of Besançon, France. Each image was said to “capture a fleeting moment in time, reminding us that even art is not immortal.”
From the exhibit: “The act of creation, and the effects it has on the world, come and go like the tide. We never look into the same ocean twice.”
The pieces were fresh and young, lovely pop pieces, deceptively simple. I enjoyed the art, even though I didn’t have the pleasure of meeting the artist.
From her bio:
“Vilaine Frange was born in a cold place in France, destined to be Queen of the North. A lover of graphic novels and coffee table books, Vilaine Frange began making art by chance: a group of friends needed a poster for a music festival, and she volunteered. Not long after, during her time in Bretagne, the image-maker began to draw much more regularly, filling her time with sketches and drawings.
Vilaine Frange likes the sentence « Talking about music is like dancing about architecture » because she claims to be a terrible dancer. Vilaine Frange is a yellow-orange belt in Judo. She describes her work as « ephemeral, even shallow: take & discard.
Favorite food: grilled cheese with cheddar, spinach & honey. Favorite color: FFFBF0. Vilaine Frange prefers small talks under the moon to long walks on the beach.
Vilaine Frange works regularly in a collective screen-printing workshop in Besançon, France called Superseñor.”
I like her art very much. Here are two more examples.
I emailed FIVE QUESTIONS to Vilaine Frange:
1) Your art is playful, but with a serious edge. What inspires you to create?
VF – It could be so many different things… A colour/ a personne/ a clothe/ a song… An idea comes to my mind, then I try to put this idea on paper and finally it never ends as I was thinking it would. There is a lot of serendipity in my work.
2) As a young, beautiful French woman artist, do you feel that you are taken seriously? Is that important to you?
VF – I really do my best to not be taken seriously!
3) What music inspires you to create? What do you enjoy listening to?
VF – Most of the time when I listen to music while I’m working I won’t be able to tell what the last tune was. Even if I always play some music during the drawing part, I do not really pay attention to it. I try to focus only on my sheet.
4) Favorite visual artists and why?
5) Goals and aspirations with your art? Can you speak about the
commercial side of art, promotion sales etc..
VF – Since a couple of month I’m working in a collective (Supersenor). Our
specialitie: Silk screenprint.
I’m fully aware about the money issues which is part of this job. I
actually combine 2 jobs for now. My art job (not so lucrative) And my
selling-wine-job (cliché?) Maybe one day I could skip the second one,
but for now this is the perfect balance.