Interview with Marie Bathellier

MARIE BATHELLIER

from Marie-Claire Maison. Words by Pascale de la Cochetière.


 Colours from the wood. Happiness, sensitive, Marie's maritime universe pleases us once again! This summer the artist will have 2 shows in France, Paris & Yeu island. Colours, 'joy of life', wood sculptures and immersion in nature will be on our diary. Painting for a bath of youth.

Colours from the wood.
Happiness, sensitive, Marie's maritime universe pleases us once again! This summer the artist will have 2 shows in France, Paris & Yeu island. Colours, 'joy of life', wood sculptures and immersion in nature will be on our diary. Painting for a bath of youth.

Marie knows how to lightly yet fairly translate Nature's power. Marie lives on an island, near Vendée coast that might explain the wide array of the forms of her sculptures, the intensity of the light and the use of colours.  The nearby Atlantic ocean plays game throughout seasons, Marie observes the sky, the clouds and goes for long walks and trails on the island. When the artist is back to her studio, she then creates and changes the “ beauty offered without any trickery”. 
Marie raises with serenity, spontaneity but very elegantly those things seen on her island or during other journeys very cautiously and not revealing too much. ‘Less is more’ from Mies Van der Rohe is her moto. Colour brings dynamism and helps to build her compositions. She is constantly looking for new shapes, new materials and just likes rough material, hard as those wood stocks with a geometrical cut or drift wood, pieces she just found and that she later puts together. Giving them another life with a jubilant energy. 
With the Japanese paper, Marie works on abstract composition on a fragile and very light paper, she explores another way to translate her feelings. She has recently startedto paint on cotton canvases not only for the absorption of the fabric, but for the imperfections and hazardous and providential results.  Her enthusiasm, her certain taste for constantly bringing new ideas and textures or process and her way of loving nature galvanize us.

Thanks to Marie, we can escape from our reality surrounded by images and communication or news, we can now reconnect with the world and its beauty. An essential work.