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Jocelyne Pilod

Born in Chalon-sur-Saône in 1952, Jocelyne discovered painting at a very young age and used it to escape a difficult family life. Art classes filled her need for emotion and guided her search for beauty. She discovered and admired the work of masters such as Turner (British painter of the nineteenth century) for light, Klee (German painter of the twentieth century) for poetry and Modigliani (Italian painter of the nineteenth - twentieth century) for colour. The duality of art and the fragility of the border between beauty and ugliness fascinated her. Passionate about art, she instinctively chose to complete a Fine Arts high school degree, and then took courses in art history at university.
Ever since, Jocelyne has devoted herself entirely to her art. She explains her creative process with a quote by Montaigne (French philosopher of the sixteenth century): "Bees plunder the flowers here and there, but afterward they make of them honey, which is all theirs." The artist is imbued with what she sees and lives, events, readings and reflections, and thus this food for thought becomes the sustenance of her own inner landscapes. Living in the countryside, she is directly inspired by the nature that surrounds her, both in the choice of materials and in the themes she addresses. The artist uses a range of authentic colours and opts for painting on wood. Her works usually reveal rolling hills, emerging from mists that she works meticulously. She creates a relief by smearing the background with modelling paste and acrylic gesso, then uses varnish and glaze to create material effects, playing on the fluidity and depth. In this way, she creates an atmosphere, a sensitive and dreamy space in which she gives the viewer enough to see, feel and dream.
Most of Jocelyne’s works are abstract, but she has been introducing more and more figurative elements in her compositions, giving them a poetic and evocative dimension. Thus, the tree and silhouette appear as recurring symbols. They appear in her paintings in order to express our relationship to the world.