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Fleur Spolidor

 

Fleur Spolidor is a French artist from Paris. She lived in Zurich, San Francisco, Amsterdam and recently arrived in New York. She earned a M.F.A degree in Contemporary Art History from the University Paris-Nanterre and subsequently taught Art History and Fine Art at the same university and in private Schools of Design. Spolidor also worked as a curator, set designer and art teacher in the Bay Area before becoming a full time artist.

Her work is in the collections of the San Mateo County History Museum and the San Carlos Chamber of Commerce. She participated in numerous group shows: Triton Museum Santa Clara CA,  Art Ventures Gallery Menlo Park CA, and Studio Gallery San Francisco CA.  

Spolidor’s work is about contemporary issues like the never ending need to protect women’s rights and the accelerating global warming. Eco-conscious, Spolidor layers in her work recycled and found materials.  Waste that would take years to break down and disappear in a landfill. Spolidor’s palette is bold and colorful while her subject matters raise awareness on worrisome issues. Her work drifts between nonsense and satyre, between past and present, to reflect on mankind’s short memory and the recurring mistakes we keep on making.

Spolidor is a member of NCWCA, Northern California Women's Caucus for Art.

 

Artist Statement

My work is about ordinary moments in life that become extraordinary. The sublimation happens with the addition of disrupting elements. In my paintings inspired by Lewis Carroll’s books: “Alice in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass”, I superpose papers, fabrics, plastics or metals. I reuse waste to show the way life leaves its mark on us and to magnify the fragility of the moment. I see my work as a constant research and improvement, always digging deeper to unearth secrets within the materials. In my paintings, I want to represent the schizophrenic state of large cities like San Francisco, New York or Paris. Working on Alice is probably a way for me to cope with a somehow strange or terrifying reality, to try to make sense of things. Between artificial grass and nuclear threat; earthquakes and real estate bubbles, we live in a world of information and disinformation, hyper-consumerism and cyberbullying. After WWII we said never again, but we’re our worst enemy. We keep on destroying the fauna and the flora. We cannot stay idle. Women’s rights still need to be protected, black lives matter, and global warming is a reality. My Alice is no Wonder Woman, she doesn’t have any super powers. Like you and me she tries her best in a very unsettling world.

 

Fleur Spolidor

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