20 Questions to Marie-Cécile Aptel (http://mariececileaptel.blogspot.fr/)
1: Who are you?
Marie-Cécile Aptel, painter.
2: What is your background?
Autodidact to make short.
3: Where were you born?
In Paris, France.
4: Explain your work in up to 40 words.
Paintings on canvas or paper, often big size (but not only) because I like it, colored most of the time, abstract but starting with personal and real things, sketches, words, etc…
5: How has your practice changed over time?
I started with drawing, classical and figurative drawing. I came step by step to an abstract and colored painting, working almost daily because I take pleasure in it, trying to be more and more free.
6: Do you have a favourite medium to work in?
7: Do you pursue any themes? If so what?
No, not really. I used to work by series a few years ago but not anymore.
8: What other jobs have you done/do you do other than being an artist?
I had a short experience of teaching, in another life ; I don’t want to speak about that.
9: What research do you do for your art?
10: What makes you angry?
– Politics most of the time
– Behavior of human beings very often
11: What is your favourite colour?
I don’t have a favourite one. It depends on the weather.
12: What is your favourite piece that you have produced?
The last one if everything is ok.
13: What music/album are you currently listening to?
I don’t listen to music but radio, very often. We have a good public radio station here in France.
14: What makes you happy?
Being alive, having a drink or a meal with friends, a good exhibition of a good painter, etc… Simple things.
15: What are your favourite films?
L’Avventura (Antonioni) ; India song (Duras); La règle du jeu, Le Fleuve (Renoir) ; Les Enfants du Paradis (Carné) ; Mamma Roma (Pasolini) ; Visconti, Rossellini, J.L. Godard, lots of films of John Cassavetes and Wim Wenders, etc… ; Bogart & Bacall, and so many others !!
16: Favourite place?
For the moment, Paris and Italy (Sicily).
17: One or more artists you like?
Michel-Ange, Giotto, Picasso, Matisse, Klee, Rauschenberg, Twombly, Rothko, de Kooning, Joan Mitchell, Gasiorowski, Eugène Leroy, Diebenkorn, Baselitz, Jan Voss, Richter, Basquiat, Piffaretti, Jonathan Meese…
18: What is your favourite word?
19: Professionally what is your goal?
To make good paintings.
And try to sell them all.
20: What would your dream commission be?
In France, today, painters don’t dream very much.