What was the first work you made as a printmaker?
One of the first pieces I made was a book about ocean abysses called Zone Blanche, a kind of immersion into one of the parts of the Earth that we know the least about. Lost places, no man's lands or areas inaccessible to man can really fire up the imagination.
How is your craft influenced by your surroundings?
The place where I live inspires me; the region is surrounded by the sea, which is the starting point for the unknown, dreams and stories. My prints can be of local plants from the fresh waters of Brittany, or the canals that once irrigated the forgotten gardens of Nineveh in ancient Mesopotamia.
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How would you define what you do?
A print is in itself a form of memory, a trace. My work is like an excavation of the unknown in search of fragments of memories. There is always a common theme in every series of prints. There can’t be a dialogue with an engraving if there is no history there or a special reason to bring it to life.
What do you love most about printmaking?
The exposure I had to different scripts when cutting type punches has just started to appear in my prints. I get a huge amount of pleasure from studying signs I don't understand. Deprived of meaning, we are free to simply admire the beauty of the shape, the calligraphic drawing.