French photoartist Sabine Pigalle
Like collages, artworks by French photoartist Sabine Pigalle reflect the layering of different eras. Her idea – to build a bridge between painting and photography, figurative art and abstraction, classical and contemporary art. Her project “aesthetic installation” in which the artist combines her portraits with works of classical art – in fact the result of philosophical reflection about the man and the artist’s time, which, like our Earth, periodically shaken, but reborn again and again. Sabine Pigalle – the famous French photographer and former commercial photographer was born in 1963 in France, in the city of Rouen. At the Sorbonne, she studied literature, but soon felt a craving for the world of fashion and beauty. In the next four years, Sabina worked with the photographer Helmut Newton.
On her way to the paintings and photos she says: “At the moment I have chosen photography as my main means of artistic expression. But at the same time it does not mean that in the future I decide to resort to something else. Perhaps when I turned to photography, it was just what most resonated with my essence, and my experience in life. Photo particularly appeals to me because I can simulate reality, using different lighting or removing models from the context of a specific short-term situation. And If I knew how to draw, I would certainly have tried to express the same thing with a brush.”
“- Someone once told me that I objectify people and humanize objects. Perhaps this is true. Pointless to look at my portraits with some story, fable point of view – for the costumes, jewelry, luxury hats and hairstyles. All the portraits that I used in this project – known works created during the Renaissance, the heyday of humanistic ideas, when it was understood that a person is worthy of respect, he is valuable in himself, and he creates his own destiny. This art is thoroughly anthropocentric, a man in it – the center of the universe”.
“My portraits – a philosophical work, here it is really more a question of the genre as such. I was photographing ordinary people, passers-by – I’m not interested in creating portraits of celebrities. The unknown character allows you to look at the portrait more detached, as if from the outside, like a role-playing game”.
Talking about inspiration, figures that influenced her, Sabine Pigalle points to several sources: “I like mannerism (some of my work is directly related to it), like the work of the Flemish Primitives, the great Italian masters of the Renaissance … I like the classical art for the spirituality, with which it breathes. But I have a pretty eclectic tastes: I was fascinated by contemporary artists, contrasting themselves to traditions and extremely disrespectful relating to the basics of sacred art!”