01. If I were a plant: an ancient rose
Deliciously perfumed, not one of those heady perfumes but subtle and strong. Between the peony and the rose, with a thousand and one petals, bordered with dark pink while the heart is paler. I love that flower that you take in and breathe in, that opens your heart and emotions, and lets you slide into your imagination if you only close your eyes… It’s the dream I caress for my art: to find these same sensations.
02. If I were a landscape: a seaside landscape.
I was born by the sea, and all the different places of my childhood were beside the ocean. The sea calms us, the surf is a powerful yet calming rhythm, the intoxicating smell of the ocean air regenerates us; these are things I never tire of.
My very first watercolour, which I made with the ancient colour box of my great grandmother was the representation of a regatta on the sea. I experienced – and I still do – great joy in seeing the colours mingle, giving unexpected and surprising results.
03. If I were a monument: a big and charming family mansion.
With numerous windows, open onto a big garden full of flowers, hornbeams and arbours, with trees more than a hundred years old, an orchard and an old-fashioned vegetable patch.
Old houses delight and charm me, their previous life can be read both inside and out. I had the chance as a girl of spending summers in an old family house, full of laughter and children. That house is rooted deep within me, with its unforgettable smells, its charming bouquets on the fireplaces, its vast yet cosy rooms, its big and wonderful garden… All those memories patiently collected remain a source of inspiration.
04. If I were a famous woman: Hildegard von Bingen.
An exceptional woman for her time in the 12th century, visionary, Mother Superior, physician and botanist, musician and composer.
This woman is a real reference for me, with her multiple talents that she managed to practise. An example for me, who find myself spoiled by the fairies who watched over my cradle and gave me the arts of seeing, smelling, feeling, and listening. And to express them in a thousand ways. Hildegard’s love of nature is a shared passion, and I’d love to have more time to give to the flora that I so love drawing.
05. If I were a child of today: the little five-year old that I was
I would be that little girl of five, singing and dancing, with a pencil in her hand, discovering the world with wonder. Especially the world of reading, that opened up a whole new universe of fantastic imagination for me.
Today, I’m the one telling the stories, I invent and express them in my illustrations.
06. If I were a piece of music: Schubert’s Fantasie in F minor for two pianos.
A beautiful theme, a dash of the soul, happiness and melancholy all in once.
The whirlwind of feelings expressed in the power of two pianos, here running at full speed, there in the expression of a liquid and sweet song.
I love music. My parents used to listen to it a lot, and my lullabies were the music of Purcell, Bach, Beethoven and Schubert. It is an eternal companion, that continues to stir and inspire me.
07. If I were a work of art: The Jockey of Artemision in the museum of Athens.
A child riding bareback on an immense galloping bronze horse, the child jockey is one with the animal, power and grace all at once. I find this beautiful sculpture, fixed in movement, incredibly touching.
The child, frail but firm, and the animal dashing forward, provoke my imagination, bringing in their wake all the illustrations on the relationship between child and animal that I have fun working on.