Photography seems to inhabit Mireille Blanc's pictorial practice. She is a material and reflective source for her own work. The singularity of the images she produces daily lies in their apparent banality and simplicity. On occasion, she even re-photographs existing images. The spontaneous, poor, sometimes clumsy recording of everyday life becomes the strange subject of her paintings.
Mireille Blanc's encounter with the photographic archives of Un livre - une image constitutes an opportunity for her to question once again the detachment created by photography. The source document disappears making way for pictorial matter.
She became interested in the details of photographs which were hand-colored by amateurs, who, for the most part, chose to highlight only a few elements : a pillow, a book, skin, an item of clothing, a flower. The colored element stands out as a fragment. Its importance, its singularity, appears obvious. However, some of these objects tend towards a form of abstraction. Mireille Blanc re-appropriates these images, partially transposing them into painting, using a thick, dense and fluid material. She operates displacements; the document becomes her subject.
Other paintings represent what is non-figurative. She paints the remnants. The remnants of damaged, used matrixes, of daguerreotypes with their chemical alterations which have contaminated the portraits, leaving only ghosts, traces. Painting these remnants, injecting matter - oil - to represent a smooth surface rendered blank by time is somewhat contradictory and absurd, and confined to failure for Mireille Blanc. Impossible and exciting attempts. What transpires are colored and abstract surfaces, where only a few clues (the edges, backgrounds and beyond, the physical presence of the daguerreotypes) allow identification.
The challenge offered to Mireille Blanc and Un livre - une image to invest a stall generally dedicated to diverse forms of publication is a wonderful excuse to unite painting and photography around the notion of reproduction and the creation of new images - an extrication of the source image and figurative reality
Mireille Blanc's painting practice focuses entirely on the question of the image and its reproduction, raising the question of the overtaking of the photographic image by painting.
Un livre - une image
Gallery created in 2010 by Emmanuelle Fructus, photography historian, dedicated to vernacular photography.
Graphic designer, he exercises his practice in the fields of print, digital and volume.