Résidence Margaux Janisset
150, rue de Rennes
Through the experience of color, light or touch, Margaux Janisset’s work explores the practice of painting in different forms. The artist plays with space and the temporality of the gaze, proposing a sensitive experience of painting. Sometimes on paper or notebooks, she extends her work into in situ interventions and inserts itself into the architecture. In the words of the artist, she thus develops a site-responsive rather than site-specific practice. The works are not separated from their process of realization and the conditions of their presentation.
The architectural context is the starting point of Margaux Janisset’s work. It determines an ambiance, an atmosphere, a climate. She intervenes in exhibition spaces, but also in interstitial spaces (a corridor, a window). The architectural elements are the supports, the points of support of gestures and colors. Her interventions make body to the architecture, and she tries to reveal, to unveil, the lights, the shadows and the traces, the textures, the imperfections of the walls. By relying on what is already present, she acts with the space, accompanies its movement, and seems to collaborate with it.
By discreet and light gestures, at the limit of the perceptible, appears an uncertainty between what is already there and the interventions of the artist. Guided by sensations, she induces a floating specific to each place, a tone. Her interventions are clues, scattered tracks that react with the space to leave room for intervals and give importance to the void that participates in the rhythm of the whole. The time stretches and allows to reveal the nuances, the colors appear and disappear in a perpetual movement of coloration and discoloration.
Margaux Janisset proposes an experience of space, light and time and focuses on their permanent changes. She invites the viewer to adopt a floating, airy look. The discretion of certain paintings participates in a space in movement where each change becomes an event. It is no longer a matter of looking at the work from a distance, but of inhabiting it, of living a moment in its presence.
Margaux Janisset, Listen, before to the rain: Cairngorms, 2019, wall painting, pigment, tarpaulin, static electricity, 160 × 120 cm. Cergy, 2019. Photo: Wonwoo Kim.