Tiffany Bouelle raises issues that have been ignored for far too long: the impact of social networks on women, memory disorders, gender issues… The Franco-Japanese artist finds in simplicity, melancholy and irregularity the path to fulfillment and her understanding of beauty and truth. Painting, Japanese watercolour, sculpture, interior objects, video, performance… Tiffany has no limits of medium and sees each of them as a way to offer a new dimensionality to her geometric and colourful universe.
Tiffany Bouelle exhibited for the first time in 2018 at the Tokokonoma gallery in Paris, which was quickly followed by other solo shows and Asia Now art fair in 2019 with Tokyoïte gallery. It was during her first exhibition that the prestigious brand Moynat (LVMH) spotted her work and turned this first encounter into a superb collaboration.
Tiffany captures a memory, both personal and collective, and translates it into a deep palette of abstract shapes and colour combinations. She lets us glimpse precious memories of her childhood and travels. Places that touched her, such as Tokyo; bodies and figures whose emotions are interpreted in a single line and reflected on the beholder. But Tiffany Bouelle never imposes anything. She wishes to give everyone the freedom to appreciate her work without explanation and to interpret her forms and colours in their own way.
Tiffany also draws her inspiration from current events by questioning the states of consciousness they engender: women and their place in society, gender issues, memory problems, shocks, but also consumerism and industrialization. In 2019, the artist conducts a vast artistic and cultural project, “Rencontres” (“Encounters”), in which she questions women’s relationship with their bodies, the why and how of the eclectic and subjective images that women have of themselves. To explore this subject in greater depth, she travels to India to meet women with a different culture and freedom, whose personal stories find a universal resonance in the artist’s work. Tiffany visually translates these women’s interiority, sensitivity and repressed thoughts into abstract drawings of their bodies and performance works.
“Rencontres” then continues in Japan, a country whose culture and savoir-faire have always greatly influenced the artist. Her artistic practice revolves around the fundamentals of wabi-sabi: the beauty of imperfect, impermanent and incomplete things, the beauty of simple and humble things. Tiffany also finds meaning in another aspect of wabi-sabi: traditional craftsmanship. This practice embodies the cultural strength and know-how of her two countries of origin, France and Japan. This admiration, strengthened by the artist’s background as a stylist, reflects in her choice of mediums, textures and colours. All these influences and her passion for architecture and the Bauhaus lead her to connect aesthetics with the useful, and design with freedom. Tiffany has always imagined her drawings coming out of the canvas and landing on other surfaces. Khadi fabric, mirror, plexiglass, sculpture, vase, carpet… Each surface, each texture, turns into a new field of experimentation that sparks her creativity and pushes her towards new techniques.