Liv Jourdan born in 1988 lives and works in Nice. A 2021 graduate of Villa Arson, she has also studied clinical psychology and practices theatre.
Her multidisciplinary research leads to her explore the broader field of painting, through a sensory fluidity and a border aesthetic on the edge of sound arts, olfaction and poetry. Interested in new stories of the Anthropocene, she explores relations between ornamental accesses and the psychology of the link between emotions and the worlds of living beings.
“I take inspiration from research on symbioses, mutualisms, and parasitising, to gives shape to ornamental environments that affect the different senses. To me, ornamental dynamics, hybrids between figure and abstraction, evoke phenomena of the energies, exchanges, and links that are central to living beings, to relations between humans and nonhumans. These strata of interconnection are what interest me.” Liv Jourdan
Born in 1997 in Toulouse, Mathis Pettenati lives and works in Brussels.
Having originally practiced drawing and printing, he started painting at the end of his degree course at Villa Arson, where he graduated in 2021. He was the recipient of the Francis Bacon MB Art Foundation scholarship in 2021.
His painting, which could currently be characterised as “painterly painting”, is produced in large formats and series. Inhabited by plant motifs that are difficult to identify, Mathis Pettenati’s paintings are constructed spontaneously in the studio, according to rules set out by the artist.
“There are lots of organic forms in my works, and I like to think that the cycle of painting and the cycle of the living are placed in parallel. It starts with an idea that germinates, that spreads over the canvas little by little, blossoms, then ends up infested with mushrooms. That’s the time to shift to another format. There’s also something alienating in the fact of painting the same images in a loop. By dint of repetition, I almost forget the subject of the painting.”
Extract from an interview with the artist by Vittorio Parisi, curator of the exhibition Timeline of a Fruit Puddle (Villa Arson 2022).