Catherine Marche

London Institute of Fashion: fashion illustration

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Artist Statement

I was born in July 1967, in Neuilly-sur-Seine near Paris, and grew up in France, Germany and Africa and later studied in the USA. I graduated in Mathematics, Physics and music, while studying at the Beaux-arts at the same time. I then went on studying computer sciences and printmaking. I now work as an artist illustrator, having retired from my career as an IT consultant.
These encounters with different cultures gave me a taste to experiment as later various trips to Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Caribbean opened my vision to a broad range of bright colours, which are often used in my paintings. As a child, I saw the world as full of people of all kind of races and colours speaking hundreds of different dialects. I just love expressing myself using my vivid imagination and wish to give my interpretation of feelings and beauty based on the human body.
I look at several ways of expressing Féminité and sensuality, another vision of life through dreams and imagination. I'd love my work to be able to cast a spell on the viewer and tell him things he does not know about himself through a fascinating exchange.
I want to transcribe the way women feel; trace their inner emotions on canvas. I think some women live in a fantasy world where they would love to be someone else (thinner, blonder, taller, more beautiful, happier…) whereas some face real problems of oppression, domination and abuse. I work on this through a de-structuration of the figure. Either as a simplification of shapes and figures as in the silhouettes series or as denigrating the body structure by amplifying one of its elements as it is the case with the petit bout de femme series, where bits of women are seen as single entities and pit together will never be seen as a whole, symbolising the un-ease many women feel in a society dominated by men and power.
Most of my work is expressionist or fauvist based on the human figure abstracted in some cases. More recently, I make more artworks, some of which can be assembled together like a puzzle. The mediums I use the most are Oil painting and etching.


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