DISCOVER THE WORKS BY COLLECTIONS
THE BEAUTY AROUND US
“With unassuming tenderness and through her talent, Sophie Donatien, the painter from Martinique, reveals all the beauty around us; the rhythm of these colours laid down on a canvas brings enchantment back to the eyes of those whose sensitivity remains like flowers thirsting for the dew" Daniel Boukman, writer and cultural activist from Martinique
Imagination is the key to creation and surviving through invention, it is a garland of fate and a mystery to explore. Creation requires a journey into oneself, into a shifting inner world which is sometimes unnerving, a world where impulsivity and decisiveness win the day over thinking time.
Abstract patterns, mosaic tables, ceramics, unusual objects assembled in a variety of ways
Pencil or charcoal drawings on paper with highlights and engravings produced between 1990 and 2019. Drawings allow me to feel the thickness of things in space, the thickness of reality allowing the imagination to hold full sway. It is the moment when feelings are harvested
In the secret meditation upon things, and, in the age-old genre of still life, immobile objects express their soul in a dialogue with wilting flowers and leaves, witnesses to the passing of time and the value of the present moment. Still life is like the drawing of a moment of reflection and a time to harvest your feelings.
In its pure state, the imagination sometimes opens doors to unknown universes, which we access by chance and whose extent the artist only discovers through the gaze of others. This was the case for me, with the support and enlightenment of my uncle and my aunt, Jean and Keiko Mangattale, who encouraged me to seek inspiration in our eastern origins.
THE COLOUR TRAIL
For many of the oil paintings on canvas produced from 2014 onwards, I drew my inspiration from airbrushed photographs, resulting in paintings composed of swathes of colours. Colour expresses the feeling of things, it is the connection between the real and unreal, the vector of intuition
I have drawn more faces than I have painted. For the moment I am more inspired by plant life, but perhaps I will be spurred to paint portraits again as opposed to using the more ephemeral medium of sketching. Depicting the tones of all skin colours, capturing expressions and gazes are the things that attract me to these projects.