Artists: Brigitte Pénicaud
Born in the south of Paris in 1954.
Leaves her paternal home in the mundane world of Paris at a very young age in order to live in one of the least populated areas of France. She settles with her family in a farmhouse in the middle of a picturesque landscape in the center of the country. Here she works clay for utilitarian objects and fires them in a wood oven. Her work expresses her will to freedom. In her ceramic the accident is dominant while painting the objects. What happens during the burning of the clay is also an accident. Drops fall due to the heat of the oven. One side of the pot burns stronger and darker than the other. When the accident is taken from the oven, the ceramist examines the pot. When she likes it, she keeps it. If the result of the accident doesn't please her, she throws the object away while still warm from the fire. Her work is total freedom until the object leaves the oven. After that, it's rigid selection.
The most obvious characteristic of her work is, without question, its tendency to a painting. Many of her plates and pots seem, above all, excuses for her desire to paint her lively colors. She says "I appropriate to myself the sentence of Miró: 'this is the color of my dreams.'" Brigitte enjoys the freedom of abstract painting, but the shape given by the ceramic continues to be decisive. She applies colors depending on the shape of the object in such a way that the painting would never be the same without the pot. She allows herself to ignore the separation between the inside and the outside of the pot so that frequently the painting from inside flows over the rim like a hot liquid.
She currently lives and works in Le Places, France, and Zoncuantla, Xalapa, Veracruz.
1981 Céramique contemporaine Française, source et courants. Musée des Arts Décoratifs à Paris
1998 A meeting with Eight French Ceramists, Australia
2008 Galérie Capazza, Nancay