Sylvie Salmon

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Graphic Painter

I am a graphic painter. graduate of Applied Arts in industry. Duperré School, in advertising design and graphic art.

At the exit of Arts Appliques. in 1973. I joined Aéroports de Paris and participated in the preparation of the launch of the new Roissy CDG airport in 1974. From 1981 to 2010, I assumed union responsibilities in transport, then in 1996 I returned to Aéroports de Paris and successively became in charge of commercial relations with Air France then Director of the Orly West Terminal.

From my multidisciplinary training in Applied Arts. I maintain an interest in all forms of creation. I continue to draw and paint as often as possible with the plan of being a painter later.

Since 2011, I have lived and worked in my workshop in Rennes. Later became now!

I work mainly on the theme of memory: the organization of human memory, books and their rhythm in libraries. ancient writings. architecture. major projects and beyond. the perpetual formation of Earth and Space.

My favorite media often had a first life.
I reuse large cardboard packaging boxes and already used papers. for example pleater rolls. poster walls.

I like to work on wrecked supports, if they are not wrecked from the start, I “wreck”” them up myself, notably by pleating in such a way as to make the graphic gesture more or less random.

I then carry out work of construction, deconstruction/reconstruction of the work by a process that I call tearing/pasting. I sometimes introduce covers. for example using red threads and hidden texts.

Moreover. I practice sketching with a felt-tip pen on the spot and as often as possible.


TANT QU’IL Y AURA L’OCÉAN / AS LONG AS THERE IS THE OCEAN: A joint exhibit with Valérie Ferchaud.

It’s a story of immersion
Valérie Ferchaud, photographer and ceramist, had always wanted to explore the abyss. “This universe which is vital to us was obvious to me. » After seeing the exhibition “20,000 octets under the sea” in 2021 at the Capucins workshops in Brest, and having been fascinated by a researcher evoking the birth of all creation at the bottom of the ocean, Valérie decided to dive in. She offers Jozée Sarrazin a residency in her “Grands Fonds” department at IFREMER. They understood each other. Better: heard

A story of encounters
In the deep sea, there are fascinating beings little known to the public. At the “Grands Fonds”, it is the anonymous researchers who are. “I wanted to showcase their work. I feel the need to make everyone want to protect the ocean, this common good.” But deep down… it’s deeper: if we know the results of the research, what do we know about the process? Above all: what do we know about “sensitive”? What makes you want to. What motivates for. What exalts. Everything that leads to understanding, discovery, knowledge. For sharing.

A story of sharing
The abyss teems with unexpected, even unusual life. “Polychaetes, archaea, diatoms, hydrozoans… The emotion aroused by the grace of these beings is an invitation to dream.” But scientific work itself is an incitement to the imagination. Scientists are overflowing with information, sensations, thoughts. What images pass through these concentrated, passionate glances? Obvious, again: scientists do not only have to share results, articles, diagrams…

It is then a story of representations
“With the photographic gaze and porcelain, I wanted to show what they observed, what they explained to me, what they perhaps even felt.” Interpret, because between research and art the approaches are common. “At the Snake Pike site a swirl of shrimp formed swarms on the walls of the hydrothermal vents. Were they shrimp or bees…or shrimp/bees?. The interest was not to reproduce identically since I have the intuition that my wild imagination will always be less elaborate than nature. Porcelain inspiring me with purity and fragility, its intransigence imposed itself. Also I took great pleasure in putting my hands in the earth. » And then there are these strange, xenomorphic objects, utensils and organisms. Finally, there are these human gazes which interpret, even before the photographer tries to restore them.

In the end, a story of promises
“Today, we identify 13% of marine species. There are still between 70 and 80% left to discover. » It also remains, unfortunately, to convince people that we must preserve and bring knowledge and understanding to the public and to institutions. But as long as there is the ocean and its abysses, there will be promises, and as long as there are researchers, hope. For all of us swarming on the surface.

Francis MIZIO (écrivain)

Méiofaune Portraits inédits / Meiofauna Exclusive portraits
Maquette / Model
Japanese paper Ink

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