Marie Bagi vous présente,
Espace Artistes Femmes : Rose-Marie Berger ®
est une association et un espace artistique - itinérant et permanent - d’un nouveau genre qui veut mettre à l’honneur les femmes dans le monde de l'art. En raison de notre emplacement permanent et de notre focus sur les artistes femmes, nous sommes la seule association de ce type au monde, concept novateur, qui contribue à la visibilité des artistes femmes au niveau national et international grâce à à des conférences, des ateliers et des visites guidées réalisés au moyen de leurs oeuvres et dans lesquelles le concept de "l'intime" - c’est-à-dire, le lien existant entre leur vie et leurs œuvres et la manière dont la société peut les impacter - est central.
Il est dédié à Rose-Marie Berger (1922-2019)- plus connue pour avoir été l'épouse du grand historien de l'art, philosophe et ancien directeur-conservateur du Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts de Lausanne, René Berger(1915-2009). Elle était une artiste de talent, comme beaucoup d'artistes femmes avant elle et aujourd'hui, dont le travail n'est, jusqu'alors, pas mis en lumière dans les musées ou encore dans les galeries.
"On ne devient pas artiste: on naît artiste." © Marie Bagi, présidente et fondatrice
Light on a Woman Artist
Marie Bagi presents to you,
Have you always create, and especially sculpture ?
I first started drawing. I drew ALL THE TIME. I was alone. An only child with no neighbors and no one to play with. So I drew my friends. We had no TV, but we had music and nature and two great dogs. I still missed people very much so I became an artist that drew the figure. Maybe I wanted to draw my friends. My parents were very athletic so I could see muscles on them and the science of learning anatomy and human proportions became important so I could draw people realistically.
How did you get involved with art ?
I was drawing from a very young age and even remember doing nude model life drawing classes at the age of ten. But the most profound memory I have is when I was 9 years old ; I walked past an art gallery in town. There were shiny bronze figures of dancers in the gallery window. I knew that I could do that. I didn’t know how, but I had an immediate burn in my soul to capture that 3D form in metal. From then on, I chased sculpture as my muse and devotion.
When did you first expose your work ?
To the public ? I never counted myself as being a professional artist if I sold to people I knew, so the first sale I made to someone I did NOT know was a very BIG deal to me. This was back in 1996 when I left my 3-year apprentiship to continue on in art school, 3000 miles away from home. Before I left, I put the single bronze sculpture I had, in a gallery window. (the gallery was on the same street as the one I had walked down when I was 9 !). I was now a busy art student in Philadelphia when the calls from the gallery started coming in every month… sold one ! Sold another ! And another ! Wow- what excitement I felt ! I knew I was on the right track and the universe was rewarding me.
How hard was it to get a recognition ?
Well I did not become an artist for recognition- that was first and most important. Second, its very hard. And if you don’t graduate with an MFA from a prestigeous art school, the future is a long road of hard work and hard times. But that is perhaps a good recipe for a great body of honest work.
« Just keep your head down.
Believe in yourself !
Find your own voice in your own studio space.
And produce ! Produce! Produce! »
Thats what I told myself. And it has really helped. Looking back, I can’t believe how much I have done in 25 years. I am still a mid-career artist, so hopefully I will still get some recognition. Fingers crossed ! ;)
How can intimacy shows in your pieces of work ?
I am sorry but I don’t really understand this question.
I use live models in my studio. I look into thier hearts. I become inspired by them. I do NOT have an EGO with them. I love all of humanity and I want to show this love in gentle, powerful and vulnerable ways. In doing so, I share a bit of myself every time. I suppose good art always has to be very intimate—and honest. (she perfectly answered).
Where can we see your work expose permanently or not ?
Currently it is not permanently found in Europe, publically—only privately. It can be seen in many art galleries permanently in the USA. My website has a list. https://paigebradley.com/galleries.php
Can you talk about Expansion (2004) ?
It’s a bit of a story !
I had no idea the image would become so powerful, to so many. Creating an image is more of a gift than a power. And being given this gift, it is an obligation to constantly give that gift away in order for it to have any power at all.
Author : Marie Bagi, Contemporary art history and Philosophy, PhD.
Published on July 2rd, 2020