Interview with Christine Marie Nobre
Graduated from Fine Arts School of Versailles, France, Christine Marie Nobre works different technics such as painting, photography and video. She builds something like a small decor with her paintings, mirrors, lights and other things …which she manipulates with her hands. She goes off in search of adventure and on a journey in vastness as well as in infinitely small. Her mean of conveyance is light. She opens up passages to her imagination which become the visitor’s imagination through cosmic as well as spiritual or organic visions. These visions are the exact opposite of space and time.
She exhibits in France, Belgium, Spain, Italy, USA and Japan.
Could you please introduce yourself and tell us how you started in the arts ? and your first experience in art making ?
I started when I was a kid to collect small objects and to make something of it. I drew a lot and did a lot of handicraft. I was really shy and created little stories out of little things. At school I used to draw and paint and I got lessons at the Fine Art School of Metz, east of France where I realised that creation was a part of me. I travelled and stayed in Canada one year plus 6 years in Germany and when I came back to France I joined the Fine Art School from Versailles and got graduated in several mediums. That was my real first experience in art making because at that school they shaked us during 4 years to see if we really had something to express in art. That was hard but conforted me in my thoughts.
How would you describe yourself and your artwork ?
My artwork is essential to my life, I feel crucial to work and produce something all the time. I love creating a painting because my fingers holding the brush are just the end of the cells in my brain. I am travelling in the macrocosmos and microcosmos when I paint, I feel at one with the canvas. I use different technics and each brings me another pleasure.
Then I manipulate part of my paintings with other objects and lights and I build like a small decor ; when something great happens , a flash, I take a picture, no computer then will interfere with the image. The photography is the extension of my paintings.
I am also making little movies with these manipulations of paintings with a music I create first. It puts in movement and in sound the stories I was telling to myself. These mediums interlock to create an imaginative world.
Where do you get your inspiration from ?
My inspiration is coming from my imagination, my life and art history. All experiments, all feelings, all the things I have seen and experimented interfere with my work from the past and the present.
What emotions do you hope the viewers experience when looking at your art ?
I hope the viewers can also experience what I experience with their own imagination. I offer some kind of light, energy, little worlds, little stories. I hope the viewer opens his mind and travels.
When do you know that an artwork is finished ?
It is hard to define when an artwork is finished. I put to myself deadlines so I know I have to stop at that time to be ready for a project or an exhibition.
What has been the most exciting moment in your art career so far ?
It is hard to define the most exciting moment in my art career because I am so involved in what I am doing. A new project is always very exciting, working, creating is also so exciting, showing the artwork too. I was very pleased and proud when I got my participation to « Nuit Blanche » in Paris.
How long does it take to produce one work ?
The time spent to produce one work is different depends on the medium I use. For the paintings it depends on the sizes of the canvas but as I paint with acrylic and oil I would say 4 months. For the photographies the hard work is before the shooting, all the preparation of the decors. I work at night to get great contrasts and I can produce 10 great images in one night or none. For the videos I first compose the music and then think about the scenario , film and make the movie. It takes at least 3 to 4 months for a 6 minutes movie.
What exciting projects are you working on right now ? Can you share some of the future plans for your artworks ?
I prepare at the moment a new exhibition in May and I am working on and with feathers, I would like to show at the same time paintings, photographies and a small video on the theme of flight inside and outside.
Do you have any upcoming events or exhibitions we should know about ?
I have an exhibition « Bol d’Art Coudekerque » in the north of France in May and I have one week at the end of June of a solo exhibition in Brittany, France and one week at the end of July in Sables d’Olonne , France . I also have a small gallery where I work and show my artwork in Chartres, France.
Where do you see your art going in five years ?
In five years I would like to have a real gallery representing me so I would spend more time creating. And I would like to get interesting projects , art installations so I could work with all my mediums and share my energy and light with a lot of people all over the world.