BiographyAmélie Ducommun is a French-Swiss artist, born in 1983, and was graduated at Les Arts Décoratifs Paris (ENSAD) and the School of Fine Arts in Barcelona.
Amélie paints about nature for almost always—where nature has captivated and inspired her paintings. The origin of her work lies mainly in a questioning of memory, perception of landscape and the inter-relationship of natural elements.
Each light of a country, a place offering it a special harmony. She must search for that light at each location—to discover and apprehend. It is in this sense that she loves to travel, to find her first impression on things. To do this she needs to regularly undock her daily, to always have a fresh look. She finds the first sensation, the feeling that the landscape she met expressed a truth. She has this need in her works to arrive at a neutral place or virgin, where everything needs to be felt for the first time. Therefore, moving from place to place, she always seeks the feeling of renewal. The trip allows her to create, when unlike the daily shut her up in comfort and technical familiarity. Her works over the last ten years has focused on water and aquatic landscapes and began in France in front of the grand spectacle of marine landscapes of the Atlantic coast, later in the more intimate, rivers and mountain in France and Spain. The memory of water is left by the more or less ephemeral footprints in other elements. Earth, rock, wind, are the memories of these flows.
On the island of Ouessant (Bretagne), where she lived for a year, she began a work entitled “Estran”. She has made a hundred pieces that speak of the part of the beach, constantly covered and uncovered by the marée. This is a constantly changing space, in perpetual motion. The movement has become synonymous with life for her and she decided to concentrate her researches there, for many years.
During her stay of two years in residence at the "Casa de Velázquez" she shifted permanently cutting through the landscapes of Spain to produce two series, namely the “Paysages en mouvements” and “Paysages Furtivos”. She has worked in Extramadura, in the Mancha and in the surrounding landscape of Madrid (Pedriza), always around rivers or lakes. Following this residency, she was invited by Miro Foundation in Mallorca to realize several works in interaction with the landscape of Majorca. These works are the fruit of research on rivers and streams, they speak about the footprints of two elements: water and stone. Since she carries out series between the Aude and the Gironde in France and works mainly on the musicality of painting. She explores the colorful sounds with muted tones caused by the rustle of air over water. Amélie decided to penetrate the surface of the water, dive, imagine the bottom of these aquatic movements and noises.