Virginie was born in Verviers, the cradle of my family, and at a very young age an artistic career was obvious for me.
Following my studies at the royal academy of fine arts in the studio of Lucien Massart’s studio, paper became my favourite medium. Pastel, Indian ink, graphite lead,transfer techniques, fine lines and flat tints have enabled me to develop my graphic universe.
After various stylistic peregrinations, my work on Japanese paper is now composed of 4 stages:
– the weft: through the oil pastel, i reveal an existing print which inspires me and serves as a starting point to the work. It is a physical, impulsive work, which implies strength and power.
– folding: then comes a more intimate stage, inspired by my everyday gestures such as folding, ironing, crumpling, … Like many of us, I repeat these gestures a thousand times and here i give them a symbolic and existential power.
– the background: to complete the base of the work, i brush the paper with natural clay paint, matte, thick, neutral, coarse
– the watercolour: this is the moment of a long introspection work. Applying the watercolour in a delicate and repetitive way is like a meditation, like a coloured, luminous, patient, long trance, painful and infinite.
During this practice, my attention is focused on the scenes of everyday life and my role as a mother, which requires patience, exigency, framework, openness, self-sacrifice, tolerance and empathy.
The aim is to deepen the meaning and emotions through the gesture of the body on the paper.
The primary inspiration for the composition is undoubtedly nature, which regenerates and encourages meditation and contemplation. But i am also inspired by the city, its imprint, its trace. It is an attempt to reconcile the duality between industry and man, between the raw and the delicate.
My works invite to beauty, to inner peace, to a progressive appeasement through delicacy, chromatics, wefts and chromatics.