1970, Nantes (France)
Edwige Fouvry was born in Nantes (France) in 1970. Based in Brussels since 1993, she studied and graduated in a Master’s at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Visuels de la Cambre in 1996 after specialising in Photography and Sculpture.
“Painting is a place for dreaming, where one can give imagination free rein, a sort of bubble outside of the world”. With these words, artist Edwige Fouvry defines her work, which has been a constant theme ever since she received the call of art at an early age. The fact of painting every day away from movements or trends is the voracious routine of this artist, who only uses her studio, her experiences and all her memories to get inspiration from.
With her own technique, without specific references, she uses only what’s nearby at that moment: in her own words: “I don’t use paintbrushes only, but also my hands, sometimes cardboard, rags, old pieces of clothing… also, once in a while I leave spaces completely empty, or more fluid, or even more oppressive on purpose. It’s my way of talking to the audience”.
The landscapes of Edwige Fouvry are actually illustrations of memories, feelings and emotions full of strength, technique and energy calling for dialogue with the viewer. Colour is a key element: it’s an intense form of expression, and its combination enhances its own power (or destroys it), so it is managed in an extremely careful manner, but in a very informal way.
Another recurrent theme in the artist’s atmosphere is the human body, where contemplation, memories and imagination come together. In his review of Fouvry’s exhibition “Ars Memoriae” at the Dolby Chedwick Gallery in 2012, historian and art critic Peter Selz remarks how her work depicts the human body with an uncomfortable intimacy, and compares it with paintings by Oskar Kokoschka, Lucien Freud and Malene Dumas.