From childhood, the question of identity was already raised. Young Eurasian woman, rocked by different cultures, the artist grew up with a feeling of floating. Her artistic work allows Vanessa Garner to explore her interbreeding and her femininity to make... Read More
From childhood, the question of identity was already raised. Young Eurasian woman, rocked by different cultures, the artist grew up with a feeling of floating. Her artistic work allows Vanessa Garner to explore her interbreeding and her femininity to make it a real, almost spiritual force. A unique universe stems from his works, infused with a personal mythology that allows him to both explore his relationship to the world, and his identity. For the visual artist, the questioning of identity is defined through the articulation of her plastic tools. Varying techniques and mediums, from plants to modeling the earth, via painting and installation, part of his practice focuses on the photographic archive and so-called "exotic" shots, as well as the creation of myths by the mixing of cultures. Around 2020-2021, suddenly attracted by flowers and vegetation, Vanessa Garner explores the themes of ecology and eco-anxiety. To express her concern, she begins to paint strange and dripping cumulus clouds, dystopian representations of our current and future “polluted” clouds. But the sky is not the only element on which the artist wonders. Thus, the plant and the earth become his favorite mediums. Then begins a long experimental work by painting plant powders and modeling the earth. Vanessa Garner draws her inspiration from the sensitive world. The sense of touch and the sense of smell are important elements in his personal mythology. As his Fuseaux-mélées remind us, weavings made of lavender flowers picked in his father's garden in Provence, and colorful fabrics from Thailand, his mother's country of origin. Through smell, the work takes possession of us and plunges us into a particular environment, a landscape, a story. “We are in the hands of men whom power and wealth have separated not only from everyday reality, but also from imagination. We are right to be afraid. [Benedikte Zitouni conference "Living, dreaming, fighting in a world in crisis"] The split made by Westerners since Antiquity between nature and culture has led us towards an invisibilization of certain worlds, including the plant world. With the changes taking place around us, Vanessa Garner is one of those creators who, by staging their relationship to the environment and identity, through materials and shapes, seek to reconnect with the world. , memory and imagination. Therefore, his artistic practice does not develop through the mastery of the elements, but rather through their exploration, the understanding of their nature, their role, their symbolism and their origins.
My website in French : https://www.vanessagarner.fr/