Iris Mossar

Iris began exhibiting her work while still a student at the School of Decorative Arts. She found her artistic style through screen printing (technique of printing on different media) and developed a taste for the juxtaposition of graphics. She diverts the initial medium, superimposing a variety of elements (images, text or solid colours) to give depth and dynamism. Photography is the basis of her pictorial work, and over the years, she has developed a technique that combines photography, collage, serigraphy and oil painting.
Iris’s style plays on the ambiguity between photography and painting. Her works always begin with travel and photos. During her travels (Japan, China, Argentina, USA, Canada, Thailand, Cambodia, Sri Lanka) she visited cities, focusing mainly on the ‘hidden’, semi-industrial neighbourhoods or desolate urban areas. Abandonment has always been one of her preferred subjects.
On her return to France, she selects a series of images, prints them in large formats and puts them on canvas. Then she destroys the initial image by covering it with paint, dirtying it with an opaque veil. She works mainly by superimposing layers of glaze to give a varnished rendering.
Gestures are very important in Iris's work. Her paintings evolve on the ground where she allows chance and errors to occur. For more delicate work, she also uses her easel.
Adventure has always been the engine of her artistic research. She feels a need for freedom that leads her to travel. Alone on her excursions, she likes the mood in which she finds herself: the predisposition to absorb everything that surrounds her. With this approach, she creates and stores a directory of images much like a personal diary. It is also a period in which she finds the measure of herself and her own convictions.