Candida Romero 'Little Girls'

Candida Romero 'Little Girls'

8 bis, rue Jacques CallotParis, France vendredi 6 septembre 2013samedi 19 octobre 2013

8 bis, rue Jacques Callot
Paris, France
vendredi 6 septembre 2013samedi 19 octobre 2013

Candida Romero, an artist captivated by old supports that she recovers, created her “Little Girls” as hybrid works, made of old pictures, collages, paintings and texts, a set which will be presented at the Galerie Agnès Monplaisir for the upcoming artistic season next September.

These “Little Girls” is a project started by the visual artist in complicity with the writer Pierre-Jean Rémy, member of the French Academy, who for quite some time was collecting old photographs, especially those of young women and children. Together, they selected around a hundred images. Then, for each of these photographs, Pierre-Jean Rémy wrote some texts in the form of open love letters or affectionate notes to each of these girls.

In turn, Candida Romero enlarged these photographs, applied them to canvas and then she stroked these reinvented images of her own with the story imagined by her accomplice, using enigmatic phrases or loving texts calligraphed, fragments of nothing and everything, always accompanied by some substance: bits of lace or silk, paper, dried flowers and leaves, insects, marbles, hair.

In between fetishism and poetry, the result is a collection of contemporary poetic and romantic ex-voto inside glass boxes. Sumptuous and sometimes troubling images responding to the texts of Pierre-Jean Rémy, these «Little Girls» is therefore a true book of memories where each of these young girl and women as reinvented by Candida Romero are reunited, teeming with fragments of dead life.

Candida Romero is a Franco-American artist living in Paris. Autodidact, she spent her childhood in la Ruche (an art community famous for its well-known artists such as Brancusi, Chagall, Léger). Her parents are Simone Dat (a painter, and the person who saved la Ruche from the wrecking ball and overseeing its historic preservation) and Johnny Romero (a multi-faceted Puerto Rican artist and emblematic leader of the resistance to racism in NY).

She turned to art early, studying at Enfants du Spectacle in Paris (Children of the Stage), and travelled extensively while young in Europe, and to Japan and the United States. Later, she spent two years in Munich to study opera, then in Salzburg, and finally in Berlin in 1992. In 1993, she returned to her studio in la Ruche, the one occupied once by Chagall, and dedicated herself entirely to painting.

The latest works of Candida are very much rooted in wtitten work, either found old papers or literature. In this way, the series before “Little Girls”, was inspired by Proust and his most emblematic work “In Search of Lost Time”.