Gustav Klimt | Death and life

"Death is close enough at hand so we do not need to be afraid of life." FREDERICH NIETZSCHE Death and life is an oil on canvas painting by Gustav Klimt. It is one of Klimt’s central works and is regarded as one of his greatest allegories, in which he used a bold composition to address [...]

Sergei Parajanov | The Color of Pomegranates

“I am the man whose life and soul are torment” The Color of Pomegranates is a 1969 Soviet Armenian art film written and directed by Sergei Parajanov. The film is a breathtaking fusion of poetry, ethnography, and cinema that tells of the life of 18th-century Armenian poet and troubadour Sayat-Nova. Sergei Parajanov’s masterwork overflows with [...]

Richard Strauss | Metamorphosen

 « Rien ne se crée, rien ne se perd, tout se transforme. » (Lavoisier) Metamorphosen  is a composition by Richard Strauss for 23 solo strings : ten violins, five violas, five cellos, and three double basses, typically lasting 25 to 30 minutes. It was composed in the last days of WWII. Strauss saw the world he knew in ruins around him. Germany was occupied by [...]

Gustav Klimt | Hope 1

As my studio work brings me to study the works of Gustav Klimt, I decided to talk about one of his paintings Hope 1 (Hoffnung 1), an oil painting created in 1903. Currently located in the National Gallery of Canada, the main subject of this work is a pregnant, nude female. She is holding her hands together above her stomach [...]

Blood Simple

I read this article in Literary Hub about the Coen brothers film, The Tragedy of Macbeth. The article starts like this: In the flawless, stainless neo-noir Blood Simple, the 1984 directorial debut of Joel and Ethan Coen and the acting debut of Joel’s soon-to-be wife Frances McDormand, a character clandestinely commits a murder in the back [...]

La nuit | Paul Celan

Oeuvre réalisée par Marie H. Sirois LA NUIT, quand le pendule de l'amour balance entre Toujours et Jamais, ta parole vient rejoindre les lunes du cœur et ton œil bleu d'orage tend le ciel à la terre. D'un bois lointain, d'un bosquet noirci de rêve l'Expiré nous effleure et le Manqué hante l'espace, grand comme [...]

Scriabin | Piano Sonata No. 5

This past January 6 was the 150th anniversary of Alexandre Scriabin's birth. I discovered him with a Marc-André Hamelin album, featuring all the composer's piano sonatas. Back then I was not accustomed to listening to classical music and it took me a while to get acquainted with these new sounds, they resonated at first like [...]

Julie Wolfe

I absolutely love Julie Wolfe's work, especially her works on paper. There is something very simple and methodical in most, with splashy colors organized in chromatic ways and geometric forms (reminding planets in space or microscopic cells) that reassure and comfort ; all is well, ordered, predictable... we'll be fine. Yet some other artworks are [...]

War and peace | Tolstoy

I am currently reading, among other things, Tolstoy's "War and peace". I am halfway through book two (of four). It is the first time I read Tolstoy (never read Anna Karenine!) and I am enjoying it a lot. The novel takes place during the Napoelonic wars in Russia and is a window showing how life [...]

The Second Coming | H. B. Yeats

The Second Coming is a poem written by Irish poet W. B. Yeats in 1919, first printed in The Dial in November 1920, and afterwards included in his 1921 collection of verses Michael Robartes and the Dancer. The poem uses Christian imagery regarding the Apocalypse and Second Coming to allegorically describe the atmosphere of post-war Europe. It is considered a major work of modernist poetry and has been reprinted in several collections. The [...]

Modus Operandi

I made an Instagram post yesterday explaining the reasons and motivations behind Le nouveau Zèbre. If you have not seen it, you can read it here. Now I have been thinking and this is how I'll be organizing this magazine. On Mondays, I'll publish a post concerning classical music. What I'm listening to, an album [...]

The Black Cat

Over the Christmas Holidays I watched a 1934 movie called the Black Cat by Edgar G. Ulmer. I had seen a couple of months before a short clip of the movie where I recognized Schumann’s Quintet second movement. Needless to say that my curiosity was triggered. The movie actually has a great soundtrack with pieces [...]

Prints for sale!

J’ai fait imprimer quelques collages que j’ai réalisés au cours de la dernière année et je suis très heureuse du résultat! Le papier -et l’impression- est vraiment magnifique! J’ai ajouté ces impressions à ma boutique pour ceux qui seraient intéressés à en acheter. J’en ferai assurément imprimer d’autres éventuellement, mais en attendant, vous pouvez visiter [...]

Boulanger Trio | Teach me!

Listening this week in the studio to this great album by the Boulanger Trio called Teach me! I think the idea behind this album is to reveal how Nadia Boulanger excelled in her teachings by being able to let her composition students find their true voice. The album showcases works by Jean Françaix, Leonard Bernstein, [...]

Carnaval | Work progression

Work progression of the skirt and some of the shawl. I have not been able lately to pack in all the hours I wished I would in the studio. Nevertheless, my work has progressed a little. I always estimate it will take me less time to paint and once I am in the process, I [...]

André Breton | Nadja

« Qui suis-je? Si par exception je m'en rapportais à un adage : en effet pourquoi tout ne reviendrait-il pas à savoir qui je « hante »? Je dois avouer que ce dernier mot m'égare, tendant à établir entre certains êtres et moi des rapports plus singuliers, moins évitables, plus troublants que je ne pensais. [...]

Cy Twombly

I purchased this beautiful book showcasing some of Cy Twombly’s work (paintings, photographs, sculptures...). Twombly moves me, in a poetic way. I am very sensible to the chaos he creates on his canvases, to the blurred settings of his photographs, not to mention that his subject of choice is very often the rose, and if [...]

Carnaval | Work progression

I have started the paintings of Carnaval, my third movement. I have been working on the first painting which depicts a faceless woman in a dress from the baroque era. The clothing and fabric is a lot of work, since it is quite an elaborate drapé. Here are some pictures of the progression of the [...]

Waves and ripples

Ripples are the instant effect of wind on water and they die down as quickly as they form, as the surface tension of the water dampens their efforts. If a wind blows steadily across a large enough patch of water for a few hours then the ripples become waves and these will not be dampened [...]

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

I learned to recognise the thorough and primitive duality of man; I saw that, of the two natures that contended in the field of my consciousness, even if I could rightly be said to be either, it was only because I was radically both.  (...) With every day, and from both sides of my intelligence, [...]

Ghost life

“I woke up as the sun was reddening; and that was the one distinct time in my life, the strangest moment of all, when I didn't know who I was - I was far away from home, haunted and tired with travel, in a cheap hotel room I'd never seen, hearing the hiss of steam [...]

Helene Grimaud | The Messenger

In my ears this week, Helene Grimaud's new album : The Messenger. Hélène Grimaud has created a fascinating pianistic dialogue between Mozart and the Ukrainian-born contemporary composer Valentin Silvestrov. "The album includes three works by Mozart: the unfinished Fantasia in D minor K 397, the famous Piano Concerto in D minor K 466, and the Fantasia in C minor K 475. [...]

Even Because

Because it all just breaks apart, and the pieces scatter andrearrange without much fanfare or notice. Because you can’t and don’t remember the step that kicked updust and left this planet—you’d give up even more now. Because the body itself—the heart’s not dead but deeper, wrapped up in curtains, a different color,among the railings and [...]

The theory of the tides

We at the height are ready to decline.There is a tide in the affairs of menWhich, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;Omitted, all the voyage of their lifeIs bound in shallows and in miseries.On such a full sea are we now afloat,And we must take the current when it serves,Or lose our ventures.William [...]

Comète et papillons

Behind this mask there is more than flesh. Beneath this mask there is an idea, Mr Creedy... and ideas are bulletproof.- Alan Moore, V for Vendetta Clara Schumann Letter to Doppler July 14, 1838, p. 2 Misc. Ms. 372, Miscellaneous Letters and Documents File Gilmore Music Library, Yale University.

Le langage des fleurs

Élévation Au-dessus des étangs, au-dessus des vallées,Des montagnes, des bois, des nuages, des mers,Par delà le soleil, par delà les éthers,Par delà les confins des sphères étoilées, Mon esprit, tu te meus avec agilité,Et, comme un bon nageur qui se pâme dans l'onde,Tu sillonnes gaiement l'immensité profondeAvec une indicible et mâle volupté. Envole-toi bien loin [...]

La forêt dans la hache

On vient de mourir mais je suis vivant et cependant je n’ai plus d’âme. Je n’ai plus qu’un corps transparent à l’intérieur duquel des colombes transparentes se jettent sur un poignard transparent tenu par une main transparente. Je vois l’effort dans toute sa beauté, l’effort réel qui ne se chiffre par rien, peu avant la [...]

The Moon and Roses

“If you love a flower that lives on a star, it is sweet to look at the sky at night. All the stars are a-bloom with flowers...” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince "Si tu aimes une fleur qui se trouve dans une étoile, c'est doux, la nuit, de regarder le ciel. Toutes les étoiles sont fleuries..."― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Le petit prince

Pan and the dream

I received my copy of Pan Magazine. Such a beautiful object! My work brings me now to study the notions of identity, doubles, masks and masquerades and so I find in there a lot of inspiration! This issue’s theme is in the realm of ghosts, but what are ghosts if not souls who lost their [...]

Dispersion

Time is infinite, but the things in time, the concrete bodies, are finite. They may indeed disperse into the smallest particles; but these particles, the atoms, have their determinate numbers, and the numbers of the configurations which, all of themselves, are formed out of them is also determinate. Now, however long a time may pass, [...]

Fernand Durepos

J’ai reçu hier trois ouvrages de poésie de Fernand Durepos que j’avais commandé il y a quelques semaines après avoir lu un poème recopié de lui quelque part. J’ai commencé à lire « Les abattoirs de la grâce » et je suis émue. Les images sont si puissantes dans certains textes, que je devais arrêter de lire [...]

Mushroom Variations

John cage was an intense mushroom lover. All kinds of mushrooms. I bought "John Cage: A Mycological Foray: Variations on Mushrooms", an absolutely beautiful book not long ago and could not be happier. Such a gorgeous and interesting object. John Cage's life philosophy and thoughts are shared and weirdly are all linked to fungi. There [...]