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Anne Sophie WEÏTE, seen by Luc STRENNA, philosopher

              The following lines represent only feelings and thoughts, gathered here and there, as I was
              looking at the artist at work ; therefore they do not pretend to propose some critical work but
              only to be the witness of a talent’s spawning.

              First of all, Anne-Sophie’s painting is music, not only because she is always listening to music
              while working and that she is painting in tune with the piece she is listening to - I do say «
              listening » and not « hearing » - (music is not simple musical background but takes part to
              the creative action), but because her painting is music itself. First, it forms itself as a rhythm.
              It has not only a rhythm, it is a rhythm itself. Harmony, melody, appoggiaturas sometimes,
              come only later. It is absolutely not a coincidence if she learning the piano, both upstream,
              downstream and in analogy with her work : to spin rhythms with her hand. And the music is
              spiritual, as something about metaphysical questions is still emerging.

              Anne-Sophie is a complete artist whose job - it is a little bit early to speak of work, but I am
              convinced that this moment will happen sooner or later - whose job then, is at the junction
              of many arts : painting of course, music, as said before, but also dance, gestures, theatre,
              and - in composition and mouvement - : cinema. Not surprising, as Anne-Sophie still pratices
              all these arts.

              I have seen her at work mostly in a flat work : in the form of a run that has been sometimes
              reworked with a brush. She totally cradles the sheet of paper, like a sailor, rolling followed
              by pitching, pitching followed by rolling, in a whole gentleness, a kind of tender concern,
              almost maternel, and the sheet comes alive. Colors then flow, on after another, on the paper
              which absorbs them slowly, organizing itself in a kind of a perfect river network, bubbling
              rivers, start of a river, interrupted streams and brooks, sometimes hairy small basins, but
              without  anything  heavy  or  manufactured,  or  neither  hesitating.  Here  again,  Anne-Sophie
              doesn’t conform to any preset plan but she slips into a rhythm while she illustrates, in her
              own way, Picasso’s motto : « I do not search, I find », as inspiration doesn’t preexist to work
              but gradually fits in with the creative gesture in a subtile alternating.

              She does series as variations on a theme, another reference to music, undefined increase,
              like a mirror effect

              Specific series first.

              The  double  bass  women  (how  can  we  not  think  to  Man  Ray’s  sublime  photography),  for
              instance ? She offers a variety of feminine, well-rounded and plump women, who assume
              their  curved  hip  with  some  rift  sometimes,  haunted  with  motherhood.  They  arrange  in
              echoes and repetitions to form a real dance of life, dance with the curves that explore all the
              options of heart.

              Colors series then.

              The one of the purples for instance (maybe her mental color ?), so many studies, a common
              word to painting and music, where she goes into her subject in depth.

              Anne-Sophie is going on her way, trying to find - in other words, trying to find herself - looking
              into her world - like no other - flexible and more and more confidently. Her work is already
              more than a promise, and I can discern the presages of a future unity, meeting herself.

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