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Aurélie's Selection

How long have you been working at Carré d’artistes? What does your job involve?
I joined Carré d'artistes 8 years ago now, as part of the artistic team. I am now Director of the art department, my team and I have the chance to accompany the artists of the network through their exhibitions in our galleries.

What do you like the most about your work? Where does this passion for art come from?
Art has always been present in me, like a path in the background. I have a rather particular relationship with Beauty, a relationship that is constantly evolving. 
Carré d'artistes has revealed my artistic ambitions. To evolve in contact with the artists that we exhibit, but also with passionate teams, to learn, exchange, share, is a real chance. 

How did you take your first steps in the world of contemporary art?
Memories of pictorial readings come back to me from my childhood, initiations that I try to transmit today to my own children, to arouse an interest in Art that they can choose to develop later.

An anecdote to share with us? With an artist/a client/a collaborator? Something you will never forget?
If we consider that we all have a path, Carré d'artistes will have allowed me to meet key people, who played a crucial role in my own artistic development, which I express today through photography.

Which style affects you particularly, why? What does it trigger in you?
My artistic tastes and influences are multiple and in constant evolution, as I meet new people and discover new things. I have a very open and curious look at what surrounds me, with a particular sensitivity for abstract minimalist works. 
I am fascinated by these artists who have the gift of putting on canvas only what is absolutely essential. And to be captivated at first sight.

What inspired you to make this selection? What does it mean? What message did you want to convey?
The elegance of a sketched animal, the depth of a minimalist abstract, the beauty of a still life, the strength of a portrait or the poetic softness of a figurative composition. Whatever our sensitivities, we can be touched by creations from so many different horizons, that's where Carré d'artistes makes sense to me. I put all this in my selection, which I wanted moving, graphic and colorful. In the image of our artists. 

An artist from Carré d’artistes whose work you particularly like? 
This question is complex! Obviously I am touched by many of them, sometimes by their work, their approach, and sometimes by the human being behind the artist. Carré d'artistes is a passion project, and strong relationships are formed with the artists.
But I must mention here Daniel Reymann, who has a special place in my eyes, as much on the artistic level as on the human level. His graphic, minimalist and random work echoes and refers to my definition of Beauty. 

If you had to describe Carré d’artistes in 3 words, which ones would you choose? Why would you choose them? 
Exciting, Bubbling and Captivating. 
Carré d'artistes is a great idea, a strong project, which places Art and human beings at the center of a wonderful round of exchanges and sharing. A project which arrives at its 20 years and still swarms of thousand ideas, thousand passions, it is an immense joy that to be part of it and to be actor of it.

Would you rather choose small or large format? Why?
Impossible to choose between a nice association of small works, like small treasures to be contemplated every day, and a beautiful big canvas, unique and majestic, which is enough in itself to reveal who you are.

Why do you think art is important?
It is a breath! A concentrate of emotion, a familiar feeling, a desire to escape or an inner reflection. Art can bring so much to each one of us, to cherish it and to make discover it is an incredible wealth.

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