Alice and the Queen of Hearts

I create both digital and acrylic/oil/mixed media paintings that set Alice, from Alice in Wonderland, against the backdrop of contemporary San Francisco. The nostalgic widely known figure becomes entwined in the local history, politics, and current events. Alice enacts the realities faced by residents of this modern metropolis and reacts to the schizophrenia of some surprising situations.

Portfolio of my research. Reflection, manipulation, stratification, erasement. Diving into the image to reveal its inner palimpsest .

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"Absinthe"

Inspired by Alice and the Green Fairy, she's floating abandoned on a river of her own tears.

 

"Knowledge"

This digital painting is about young girls growing into intelligent and strong women. Reading books and going to school seems normal in most contemporary societies, but in some areas in the world it's a luxury some girls can't afford, or something they're not allowed to access.  The tortoise is a symbol of longevity and knowledge. It guides the little girl during her apprenticeship.

The process to create this digital work is as follows: I first worked with layering material, both recycled and found, like plastic, paper, and metal. I like a lot of texture. Then I layered the background colors.  The colors and textures embrace each other.  Then I photograph the result, upload it, and create the the figurative part of the image on my iPad. 

 

"Alice and the Orchid"   

Alice is growing up, always surprised by the world around her. Orchids represents love, luxury, beauty and strength. In ancient Greece, this flower was associated with virility.

 

"Friendship"

Digital art. Friendship is about looking in the same direction, growing, learning and playing together, shaping our future and the future generation. 

"Sisterhood"

Digital art. Even with equal rights, women have a long way to go before becoming men's equal. Helping and supporting each others is the best way to grow together a create more opportunities for our gender. 

 

"Lollipops."  

Study for the painting "The Length of my bathing suit"

"Listen"

Digital Painting. That moment when you realize you're alone in the wind, no sound to disturb you, Carpe Diem.

 

"Sweet Tooth"

The pleasure of a good table, but how much is too much ? Is consumerism a good thing?  The world we live in asks for those questions. 

 

"Hope in Paris"

Digital work Made After the 2015 Terrorist Attacks in Paris. It brings together numerous French symbols, like the rooster, the french flag, Marianne who symbolizes the "Triumph of the Republic”. She wears the Phrygian cap also sometimes called the liberty cap.

 

"Riding on the rhythm of my heart"

San Francisco's hills make your heart beats faster

 

"Alice and the Day of the Dead Celebrations"

In this digital paintings Alice wears the different symbols of the Mexican celebration, the marigolds in her hair, the sugar skull make up. In "Celebration" She also holds in her hands a Dance macabre, a medieval allegory on the universality of death, Bruce Lee and Steve Jobs, two San Francisco Celebrities are represented alongside two unknown female dancers and  a group of skeletons.

 

"Queen of Heart"

Digital painting. Study for a deck of cards. The motion blur applied to the polka dots in the background simulate the cardiac rhythm of a beating heart.

 

"She has mind of her own"

Digital painting

In the early part of the nineteenth century, it was believed that physical activity was dangerous and inappropriate for women. Girls were taught to reserve their delicate health for the express purpose of birthing healthy children. Furthermore, the physiological difference between the sexes helped to reinforce the societal inequality. An anonymous female writer was able to contend that women were not intended to fill male roles, because "women are, as a rule, physically smaller and weaker than men; their brain is much lighter; and they are in every way unfitted for the same amount of bodily or mental labour that men are able to undertake." Women's Work: A Woman's Thoughts on Women's Rights. London: William Blackwood and Sons 1876.

 

 

"Immigration in San Francisco"

The financial district in San Francisco was built on top of buried ships from the gold rush era. Immigration is a hot topic in the news. It seems to always be a problem, whatever the country you live in, but history shows that migratory flux are part of the human race evolution and success.

 

"Octopussy"

A variation on my queen of hearts inspired by the famous James  Bond movie.

 

"Bridge"

Digital painting. Coming from Paris, the Golden Gate Bridge reminds me of the Eiffel Tower, with its sky high metal architecture and its history. 

"Seascaping"

digital painting. When your house cannot stand it anymore, it goes to the seaside.

 

"City by the bay" and "Cityscape"

Digital painting. San Francisco's view offers a great opportunity to study, water elements, like the water's bay, the fog, the clouds and the sky  in a more or less abstract way.

 

"Music of My Heart"

"Brain" and Heart"

Anatomy studies for my Alice and Queen of hearts.

My digital works follow the same process of layering than my work on canvas.  I research and download different types of papers, including printed paper from newspapers, magazines or books. I also take photographs of crumpled papers or colored papers with interesting lines or shapes.

I’m currently using “Procreate” as painting app. It offers a large range of effects and brush qualities. I really appreciate this technique as it is a zero waste technique. Everything is virtual; no paper, no paint, no mess. I gather a lot of  different elements in my large paintings on canvas to make the story complete and concise. Each of the digital layers help me focus on them individually before I compose them on a larger scale. 

Both techniques give me the opportunity to work on the same subject matter; reflecting on our lives in the Bay Area, or thinking of Paris. I really enjoying going from one technique to the other.  It helps me find a good balance in my workflow.