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© Marie Weisensel, pétanque, 2019

© Marie Weisensel, pétanque, 2019

“I would like to mix painting and projection, play with scale, harm the evidence of the source image.”


Marie Weisensel




© Marie Weisensel, 2019

© Marie Weisensel, 2019, photographer Vincent Ferrane

Who are you? What do you do?

I am a painter and a young mother. I paint family scenes inspired by old photographs. Everyday life and the familiar are subjects that interest me.

Where are you from?

I come from a small village in the north of France. For about ten years I have been living and working near Paris.

Your style in 3 words?

mixed medium / memory / blending

Your weakness? Your strength?

lack of self-confidence / determination

© Marie Weisensel, mon père au journal, 2019

© Marie Weisensel, mon père au journal, 2019

What makes you different?

“I would prefer not to” answer. Reference to Bartleby, the Scrivener, character of Herman Melville who is for me the most beautiful example of uniqueness.

When did you decide to become a painter?

I don’t have a specific date in mind. But the idea that painting should be part of my daily life became apparent during my studies at fine arts.

What do you find most fascinating about the creative process?

The moment when the painting escapes me, when the painting surpasses the subject.

© Marie Weisensel, bruno, 2019

© Marie Weisensel, bruno, 2019

A few words about your favourite creation?

“Bruno” because this painting is the first one I did after becoming a mother, it represents the moment when I felt the need to introduce the human figure in my research.

Someone else’s work that inspired or inspires you…

Mamma Andersson, Pierre Bonnard, Maurice Denis, Marc Desgrandchamps, Morris Louis, Alice Neel, Fairfield Porter, Andrew Wyeth,…

Who would you like to work with someday and why?

David Hockney, because he knows how to reinvent his practice without betraying himself. He explores his medium: use of polaroid, photocopier, I pad…

© Marie Weisensel, partied'automne, 2019

© Marie Weisensel, partied’automne, 2019

A new project coming up or an idea you want to work on?

I really like the slide, it is often the trigger for a new painting. During an exhibition, I would like to mix painting and projection, play with scale, harm the evidence of the source image.

Finish the sentence „More important than my career is…“

My family and friends

2019: Where are we going?

I had the chance in 2019 to discover Iceland, Istanbul and soon the Reunion Island..

When the going gets tough…

I’m going to see an exhibition

Your city’s favourite spots?

eat at Le Bouillon Chartier (7 rue du faubourg Montmatre), have a cocktail at Rosebud (11 rue Delambre) and get lost in the antiquity section of the Louvre on a nightly evening.

Put on your future vision glasses: What direction is our generation moving in, what will our world look like in 50 years?

Even today, gender inequalities persist. I hope that in 2069 thisresistance of mentalities will no longer be necessary.

What would you do if you could change the World?

It’s too much power for one being.

© Marie Weisensel, le-dessert, 2019

© Marie Weisensel, le-dessert, 2019

If the universe is everything and it’s expanding, what is it expanding into?

The super universe.

Tell us about your future plans…

In September, I participate in a Biennale on portrait, I prepare a self-published edition and new studio visits are being prepared…

Last but not least: what is your favourite Song?

“A day in the Life” by the Beatles and “Idioteque” by Radiohead.

One last statement please: „Wood or stone, gold or art?“

rock art

Your #…?