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JULIETTE CHONÉ

 
 

JULIETTE CHONÉ

Juliette Choné is a French visual artist who moved from Paris to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2015. After studying Art History, Juliette went on to receive her Art Professions Diploma in stained glass and a Visual Arts Postgraduate degree from Panthéon-Sorbonne University in Paris. An expert in stained-glass restoration, she has worked on famous French monuments like the Chartres Cathedral and royal Sainte-Chapelle. Juliette now focuses strictly on visual arts through her own creations, research and teaching. She has shared her work in more than 30 solo and group shows.

Juliette’s work, at the same time critical and poetic, questions the concepts of nature and culture, and more specifically, the limits between humans and nature, through the notion of non-separation and metamorphosis. Her art shows a world where boundaries tend to disappear and humans search for their lost animality.

www.juliettechone.com

Arborescence, 2014
22” x 30” | BIC pen and ink on paper

Lungs made from delicate flowers is a reference to the famous French book L’écume des jours by Boris Vian, in which the young protagonist develops a rare illness that can only be treated by surrounding her with flowers. In this piece, the artist honors her mother, whom was swept away by cancer, and the fragile beauty of the vegetal world. 

Adieu ma biche, 2017
22”x 30” | walnut stain, BIC pen and acrylic on paper

“My deer” was the affectionate nickname given by Juliette’s parents. This drawing criticizes the hunter who nowadays doesn’t kill by necessity but for the taste of blood and trophies.

J’ai perdu ma mer, 2019
12”x 10” | open bite etching, 1/20

This etching is a depiction of the homonyms “mer” and “mère”, meaning “sea” and “mother”, and represents the fish the artist identifies with, having lost its mother and the sea, as our oceans are damaged by global warming and pollution.

The Eyes

The eyes prevalent in the artist’s work stem from a more personal experience. Juliette recently learned she has a corneal disease which affects her vision—terrible news for an artist who draws tiny details. She has incorporated eyes into her work long before knowing about the disease. Was her subconscious trying to warn her through her artistic expression?