We had the good fortune of connecting with Bénédicte Blanc-Fontenille and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bénédicte, do you have a favorite quote or affirmation?
“life is nothing but movement” all my research in my art is based on that! I think that fragility create the movement, it makes us capable to go forward to evolve. Fragility is beautiful, even if sometimes it can be scary! I like it because it is what make us understand that we are really part of the nature and like in the cycle of the nature, there is always a rebirth.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Being an artist is never easy but I do what I like! Creation give me the great opportunity to question myself, to never say “ok, that’s it, I am done”. I bounce from one work to another, what I have learnt or discovered in one work will be develop in another always trying to go deeper. In plus we have so many technics, media to work with, to explore… this is great ! Women artists have now more place , but it was not always like that and we still have a lot of work to do. Then working with the others , adults or children, through the art therapeutic coaching is so rewarding. When the art langage replace the verbal one, so many things can happen. After those weeks of confinement, it is time to reconnect with ourself and the others and the creative process can really help and bring a positive well being.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
First I’ll take my friend to the top of the light house at Key Biscayne . Not only the view is amazing, love it, but it’s a place with history. Then a bath in the turquoise water at the foot of the lighthouse follow by a lunch at Boater’s grill to enjoy cuban food with a beautiful view on No Name Harbor. A visite of Viscaya house and the garden in the afternoon and a wandering in Miami beach the evening and a dinner at Semilla restaurant. The day after will begin by a brunch at the Green Street in Coconut Grove. Then a visit at the Margules and the Rubell collection, a lunch at Mandoline and the afternoon in the design district to finish with a degustation of beers at Veza sur brewing. Dinner at Akashi in Brickell.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
the books of Gaston Bachelard, Jean Baudrillard always help me to develop my researches, and ,since a few years, one of my son who is a research designer, bring me support and we also do collaborations.
Instagram: @benbf – @lifeableart – @cat_and_fan