{the interview series} Cendrine Rovini

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Hoje vou estar à conversa com Cendrine Rovini, uma artista francesa que nos transmite misteriosas mensagens de calma e esperança nas suas criações. As suas mulheres são férteis e plenas de significado, a sua técnica é subtil e delicada. As palavras de Cendrine transmitem também elas uma sensação de grande paz criativa, por isso estou certa de que vão inspirar-vos tanto como a sua arte... continuem a ler!

[Este post pertence à rubrica semanal {the interview series}, onde publico uma nova entrevista todas as quartas-feiras, com artistas e bloggers inspiradores que admiro, de acordo com o espírito handmade e um estilo de vida criativo. Tornem-se fãs no facebook e não percam nada!
Por motivos óbvios de extensão e compreensão do texto, tanto pelos entrevistados como pelos potenciais leitores do resto do mundo, a entrevista segue em inglês.] 

Today I'll be chatting with Cendrine Rovini, a French artist whose creations carry messages of peacefulness and hope. Her women are fertile and full of significance, her technique is subtle and delicate. Cendrine's words are also filled with a great creative peace, so I'm sure they'll inspire you as much as her art... keep on reading! 

[This post belongs to the weekly feature {the interview series} where I publish a new interview every wednesday with inspiring artists and bloggers I admire, according to the spirit of handmade and a creative lifestyle. Become a facebook fan and don't miss a bit!]

Cendrine Rovini
Aurillac, France

1. Let’s pretend we don’t know each other and I’ve never heard about Cendrine Rovini. Tell us a bit about yourself.
I am a french artist, I live and work in the mountains of central France. I use to work on paper, wood and fabric for creating mixed medias, I also enjoy writing short tales or little prose poems, I sometimes make photographs and collages.

2. You say that you create because you don’t have other choice – and I totally understand you. How was this creative passion born and which path lead you here?
I remember that being a child I was terrified with the idea of becoming an adult; I used to spend my time visiting my inner world, talking to a strange tiny secret boy, dreaming, reading and of course drawing (most of all women I called "des belles dames"). I wanted this to remain for my whole life, and so I suppose that being an artist is the best way I found for allowing this to be. This is not a whim, I merely need this, I need to express those things I have in me and floating around me, trying to make them visible a little more.

3. You create delicate compositions in soft colors that seem to keep a hidden message within. How are they born? What inspires you? Share your creative process with us.
I use to tell that those images just appear to my inner eyes while I am in between awake and sleeping and I just have to "copy" them. Indeed they have a secret message, and even myself I am not really able to know which it is, I can just guess or give my own fuzzy interpretation. Sometimes I see things that feed my need to draw, like a texture, a color, a scenery in the garden, or an image by another artist, but the main source of inspiration are those images ready-to-draw in my mind (and I don't feel like I am their creator really, they belong to the mere person or place I am just making a portrait of). When it happens, I am impatient to begin the work, I keep the image in my mind, and when it is time, I just follow the lines and colors arriving under my hands directly from this space of my soul.

4. You like to create mixed media compositions, mostly combining the grey of graphite with colored pencils. Tell us about your choices.
I find it really interesting to have this possibility to create a whole image with just one of the most simple artistic tools in the world! Colored pencils, graphite and watercolor are my favorite companions for work, and I love the lightness and transparency I can reach with them. I also enjoy working with thin markers, it is more apparent in my last pieces. I love it not only because they allow me to render some textures, but also because markers place me into a special sort of trance, I feel like hypnotized when I work on a large part of the work demanding this tool. The little strokes, their regular rhythm, are quite an out-of-world moment for me, and I feel even more close to the scenery I am depicting.

5. You often illustrate the feminine universe – your women are fragile, but somehow fertile, powerful and at peace. What’s your vision about the role of women in the world and in art?
I see most of the women as harboring complexity and richness in their mind and bodies, both very connected within imagination. Emotions are not a negative thing for us, or at least, we feel more free to express and feel them, so it makes us stronger and rich. I see women as wild graceful or robust animals, with a natural instinct and respect for the living things. This is the aspect I would love to depict in my work. These are qualities that our modern world needs more than ever I think, just to give place to the real richness in this life, instead of empty desires that are shattering our lives on Earth and provoking a massive suicide.

6. I’d love if you could share some of your favorite artists with us.
I recently discovered the work of Any Belyat-Giunta. She had a solo show in Paris past winter and I was able to see it in person at Polad-Hardouin Gallery. I was blown away by her talent, by the fertility of her imagination, the fineness of the strokes on paper, as well as their vivacity, the colors are beautiful, the details delightful... I am also a huge admirer of Kiki Smith since many years. The power of her female evocative sceneries is obvious, it is like if each work by her was a ritual, an invocation to the wild. I love the way she is as a person as well, every video about her, every lecture, are a joy for me...

7. Tell us now about your photographic work. What do you like to observe behind the camera?
I love the immediacy of photography. You see something or someone special, a moment, a light, a detail, a fleeting gesture and you capture it alive, and perhaps it will be beautiful even motionless, even many time after being captured.

8. You have a recognizable style and through your work your name travels all around the world! What means do you use to promote it?
I keep working and making what I love, and I share the results on my Facebook fan page, or on Flickr, and that is the main part of me promoting my work, even if I don't feel myself as promoting this way. Because I simply really enjoy being in touch with people in those places, it gives me the occasion to speak with art amateurs, artists I admire and people I appreciate. At the very beginning, when I started showing my work,  Flickr was the place where I acquired more self confidence, I met people who helped me very much, it was, it is, very important for me. Art galleries are essential for building a career and promoting this, but Internet is impressive because you can be in touch with people you would never have met otherwise, and keep talking about creation and being nurtured from this.

9. Would you share with us a regular day at work?
First, when my children Iris and Léonard are going to school, I prepare them and we go walking through the streets of Aurillac, our little town. When I come back alone at home, I enjoy the  air while thinking about the tasks of the day, I love those peculiar peaceful thoughtful moments. Then I arrange the house, I make the 'Five Tibetans Rites' (it is an ancient system of exercises related with yoga), I eat my breakfast and I spend some time on the computer. After that I go into my studio for the morning. After the lunch and a coffee, I have the same sort of schedule: studio, computer, studio, a book, or a walk, or garden, studio again, and then the children to pick up at school. I use to work at night, I can go to bed very late for this because I love this sensation of being aside into the dark with my work and reveries.

10. Would you give us a glimpse of your working space? Describe it and tell us what you love most about it.
I love it mainly because of the beautiful view and light I have from the window in front of the garden. There is an old apple tree, roses, grass, crows and the river Jordanne wich flows just in front. At the other side of the river there are people walking in the streets, and I love receiving it all into the studio, some sounds, many light, a laugh or children playing out. I arranged my desk for being able to enjoy this all and I placed art books, drawings and presents from my friends artists all around me on the wall and on the black fireplace next to me, as well some presents and drawings from Iris and Léonard.

11. Share your passions and hobbies with us.
I love cooking, most of all cakes, chocolate cakes, pies and biscuits, my speciality is the Tiramisu! I love having long walks in the mountains, I enjoy books and music very much...

12. You live in Aurillac, a little city in the mountains of central France - tell us about what you love most about it. Would you like to live anywhere else one day?
One day when I was a child I made a promise to myself: one day I will live in the central mountains of France. My father used to lead the whole family in those mountains, it is a large place occupying most of the centre of the country and I was fascinated by those landscapes, the wildness in the forest, the ancient paths and by the idea that I could cross the whole mountains just walking hidden, like a female wolf. Aurillac is one of the bigger cities in the Massif Central but it remains a little town, and I enjoy having all this next to me, I love being able to hear the cowbells while I am looking a dress  into a store window. In this town I love the hidden places and graffiti, the secret passages and the parks, the singular mix between countryside and city...

13. If you could live in any historical era of your choice, what would it be? Why?
I would like to live in a society in which our natural surroundings and means of life are respected, in a society in which the female, sacred, imaginative, creative areas are more celebrated; and it seems that I am with this ideal out of any historical era, so I rather think about some prehistorical era, like the Neolithic.

14. What advices would you give to someone who would also like to become an artist?
I don't know if I am really of any good advice. But I think I would tell that if obviously he or she feels that there is no other choice than being an artist (I don't think it is something you really choose), the better is to follow the inner voice. Practically, the better is to work in all honesty and to show it. Social networks for sharing art help to build self assurance, this is something which can help you to perceive where you are going, what is your style becoming, or coming up or becoming more assertive. And soon, sending submissions to magazines, art websites and reviews online is also a good idea. Building your own place on the web is really important too, with a coherent body of images and words, statement, biography and so on... And when you feel strong enough, sending your work to real art galleries fitting with your style is necessary, even if it can be very tricky and anxious to wait for an answer. But when hands and soul are working together, times passes very quick, this is why I personally enjoy so much being lost into my markers strokes.

15. What are your plans for the future? And your most unrealistic dreams?
My plan for the future is to just keep working, if thanks gods I am not becoming blind (not only for the eyes I have on my face, but as well for my inner ones). I am preparing an upcoming huge collective exhibition in Turin with Italian and French artists, and I wish to complete some collaborative works with friends like Jane O' Sullivan, Francisca Pageo or Nicole Natri...

Now a quick question and answer game so we can find a bit more about you and your tastes!
Tell us one:

book: The Master and Margarita, by Mikhaïl Boulgakov
music: Blueberry Tree, by Husky Rescue
movie: Big Fish, Tim Burton
personality/artist: James Hillman
color: red
object: obsidian
animal: wild goat
drink: water
food: marzipan
season of the year: autumn
travel destination: Lapland
piece of clothing: dress
secret: there is a flower into the deep water

Thank you for sharing your world of wonder and mystery with us, Cendrine!


  1. these paintings and drawings just leave me breathless!! They are so delicate, touching, feminine, marvellous....can´t wait to read the interview now! Thank you so much for sharing Ana

  2. Cendrine is an amazing artist, woman, and being


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