Every month, the Park invites you to meet the people who make up the Park! This month, we invite you to discover Gaëlle Allart, Visual Artist and Illustrator.
Can you introduce yourself in a few words?
My name is Gaëlle Allart, I have lived in Saint Brice Courcelles since childhood. I am a Visual Artist and Illustrator!
Tell us about your journey!
I followed courses at the Regional School of Plastic Expression in Tourcoing and at the Faculty of Arts in Amiens, from which I graduated.
After my studies, I exhibited in different Singular Art galleries in Paris and at the same time I was an assistant puppeteer in Lille. I have always been attracted by the colorful world of celebrations, carnivals, and the uniqueness of the people who parade there! This was also my subject of study. This is why I have created numerous characters in painted fabrics, placed in tragi-comic situations, a sort of parade of life with its sorrows and its joys.
Subsequently, my characters metamorphosed, they became half-man, half-beast. Since I was little, I have observed the fauna and flora of the garden, which for me are a metaphor for the interior garden. Thus, hybrid creatures emerged from my imagination: masks, costumes, animal adornments and even textile sculptures!
Alongside my creative work, I have been collaborating with the Center for Creations for Children as a Visual Artist for 10 years now. I lead artistic visits, workshops, I illustrate books, I create exhibitions, show sets, scenographies as well as puppets!
Tell us what your links are with the Park!
I collaborate with the Park in particular through the Apple Festival! Besides, I’m coming back this year with the show “Petit Théâtre Nomade”. It was during my first year at the Children's Creations Center that I designed and created this little theater, with wooden sets and fabric figurines, painted like paintings which are manipulated by visitors. The story is told with puppets, in burlesque, tragic or comic situations.
The little nomadic theater was also presented at the Avignon festival and received the young audience prize in 2017.
What is your favorite place in Montagne de Reims?
I really like the Verger du Parc! The Park's orchard represents for me a teeming of life, trees that we plant inside ourselves and which grow.
It's a place that is particularly close to my heart since I subsequently created an exhibition around a garden that I called “Carapace à plumes”. It is a refuge garden which becomes a play area where families of birds and insects with a thousand strange shapes and colors abound. You can transform into a bird and make a nest, put on an insect shell and hide under a leafy pile or even form an imaginary creature!