Alice de Miramon
Alice de Miramon is a French artist whose art is heavily influenced by her love for poetry and the past. Taking on a whimsical and storybook nature, her paintings frequently blend with pre-existing texts, imagery, or sheet music. Alice’s Van Gogh avatars added character to The Other Avatar Series.
Your original pieces are very fun and full of life! How did you develop you style?
I started drawing as a kid. From the start, I was very attracted to ancient books and objects, stained glass, portraits, Japanese prints, etc. and surrounded myself with that. When I began studying art, my style was always very eclectic but somehow ended up making sense. I was interested by spontaneity, so I oriented my studies and work to automatic drawing and a lot of nude classes. I draw a lot and paint a lot each year. My style has developed itself through the years with the same obsessions.
Can you elaborate on the “obsessions” you mentioned?
I tend to draw on ancient papers that can be up to 100 / 150 years old. I like that because it already has a history. Sometimes my drawing connects to the that history and sometimes it takes over. When you start collecting something, it often comes to you! I find parchment everywhere, and I even bought an old house filled with papers last year. At first, I was stunned by the mess inside of it but I bought it for the space. And it’s pretty unique – it was build in 1800.
Time is an important topic. I like accidents, imperfection. I often talk about resilience through my paintings mostly through women in nature. It is not so much about their beauty, or the landscapes in itself. The nature is wild. I consider that no matter how we try to domesticate it or influence it, it will always grow back or find its own way of moving on.
This is an installation I’ve made for my last show in Montpellier, south of France. I gathered 150 drawings for this particular show and on this wall 110 drawings. It is called ‘le jour des fous’. It talks about crazy time with covid and an abundance of images. My plan is to go for 200, 300 and more, and have it as an NFT collection in addition. As I am very prolific it can be done fairly soon.
How did your style affect the aesthetic choices you made for the Van Gogh series?
I wanted to keep a link to my personal style while also approaching it with more geek graphic codes that I don’t normally use. I liked the idea of a series as well – My artwork has always been linked by a theme through the colors and backgrounds I use.
What was your artistic process for The Other Avatars and how did you manage to fit the base sketch into the template afterwards?
I am a painter and also a graphic designer so this project made me work on my different skills. I always start by drawing and painting everything by hand, assembling it piece by piece. So I made sketches to create the persona as a base for work first:
Then the drawings are scanned and assembled digitally on Photoshop. I did this to animate some of the NFTs as well. For my artistic work, I do mostly handmade drawings or oil paintings. For this NFT project we had to design 20 pieces so for me working digitally at the end was more efficient. But I wanted to keep a handmade feeling, the idea of paper, and have a mix between tradition and modernity.
Is there anything that you would like to tell artists or collectors about yourself, your art, or your experience with NFTs?
I am very happy to be part of this project, and community. It has been a journey of discoveries, other artists, a new way to express ourselves. It is awesome to work with the Saatchi team. I would like to thank also the collectors for showing us their universe and often knowledge of the NFT world.
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