How can I explain “figuration libre” (free figuration), since I am its creator?
I will quote an author, unknown yet, one of these rare writers that can be “free figurative”: Michel Zoom. The scene: two men meet, one of them tells the other one: “I caught that egg disease”, the second man answers in astonishment: “well, and what is that ?”. The former says “Nothing, I just want to be ill !”. That is Figuration Libre text. Michel Zoom is influenced by jokes, slang, and poetry. As for me, a canvas can be influenced by naive African advertisements, schoolbook illustrations, these can be mixed up with Picasso or Miro, or even with a cartoon drawing, and then you add to that made-up arabic writings, and some “Art Brut” like Dubuffet or Cobra. “Figuration Libre” is a way of painting that denies neither its primitive instincts, nor a desire for culture.