Abstract experiments on motifs and larger formats, around the sunsets and the skies from my Diaries. A California sky, wings of birds, filaments of sunsets, elements of the desert are carved and recomposed through patterns in series of collages and illustrated poems.
Watercolor and gouache on paper
In Tangier, the textiles, patterns and engraved jewelry are a source of new inspiration. Where the Atlantic meets the Mediterranean, I read Paul Bowles and find the colors of Matisse. I paint flowers, sheeps or mosaics and the blue city that I have yet not seen.
Drawings and watercolors on paper
Motel rooms, the roads I drive on or a cowboy walking by on Hollywood Boulevard, the images of “Sentimental Journey” are becoming the motifs and watercolors of Diaries.
Wonderland Stereo is a music label and a work of fiction. For seven years, my photographs taken on Mulholland drive, in the streets of Los Angeles and in the California desert are created through collages to become the covers of imaginary music albums.
The Zephyrs, Betty in Jail or Electric City…
I invent the titles, lyrics and original soundtracks to films that don’t exist.
I tell the stories of each musician, fictional characters of which their destinies, demise or heroism, are traces of passages through the American West.
The vinyls do not exist. I draw them, using a pen, watercolor, and oil for the black to shine.
A woman that I meet inspires me the character of Patricia Jacobowitz
who I imagine started the music label in the 60’s.
I photograph her,
invent an interview for a magazine
and recreate the vintage ambience of the lobby.
the seagulls and the waves,
or the howling of coyotes
that I recorded during seven years,
are formed in a soundtrack,
a “Sound-Collage” of 37 minutes and 24 seconds.
Sentimental Journey tells, as an album, 7 years of my life in California. Some of the images inspired my watercolor Diaries and my imaginary music label, Wonderland Stereo.
You and me,
La vue sur Beachwood,
Marty and Elaine,
Les routes dans le désert,
Nana et Kiki,
Say, say, say,
Merry Christmas and Happy new year!
Drawings, writings and collages on paper
Illustrated diary that follows me through my weeks in Naples and is later printed as lithographs by the Atelier Woolworth in Paris. Enhanced with colored pencils, the prints are assembled and published in a limited edition portfolio.
Publishing and limited editions of prints
In 2007, I have been commissioned by Be-poles editions to be part of their collection ‘’Portraits de villes’’ and chose to go to Naples. Later, for an exhibition at the Galerie Philippe Chaume in Paris, I worked on a limited edition of carbon prints with the Atelier Fresson and on special Japanese’ papers with Franck Bordas.
Damaged and Poetic, Naples is the Mediterranean light whose horizon diminishes indefinitely between sky and sea. I chose to lose myself in it, to depict the city as an autoportrait, a search of my Italian identity. Influenced by the grain and rhythm of Cassavetes and by Giacomelli’s expressionist photography, I later reconstructed the sequences, accentuating the contrasts and graphics and titled the images as a long poem.
Quel numéro vais-je tirer de mes rêves?
L’Hippocampe mâle est fidèle et porte les enfants
J’écoute Pink Floyd avec toi
Errance Via Toledo
La peau, les mains, les lèvres et le sens du vent
Inachevé, Palazzo Spinelli
Il, une île
Photography sequences on Paris and the landscapes of my childhood. This experimental period explores narration using various cameras and printing techniques.
My first images are taken with a plastic camera, which allows overexposure effects and contrasts that resemble the Mediterranean light.
I like the square format, less realistic, like the Rolleiflex, which I use later in Naples.
The cellphone that I choose to use in Paris lacks quality, but allows me to get closer to my subject. I print these images on basic photo paper, a series that I recompose through the form of “wall-collages”.