Cécile Davidovici Interview

Cécile Davidovici

Cécile Davidovici on developing a new form of communication, navigating a collaborative practice, & finding inspiration in a diverse range of artists.

How did you get into making art?

I studied cinema, a field in which I worked for several years, first on film shoots and then on my personal projects as a writer/director. When my mother passed away a few years ago, I realized that I could no longer continue to express myself in the same way. My stories had to take on a new form. It took a while. I was trying different mediums in my spare time for fun and then one day I tried embroidery… My love for this medium was almost immediate. Being able to touch what you’re creating, build with your hands, immediately gave me what I’d been missing in my practice.

What are you currently working on?

I’m currently between big projects so let me tell you about our last series, La vie silencieuse, which was a collaboration with David Ctiborsky. This series was a series of still life that we exhibited last October in Paris. The way we work was quite special. David created the images with a 3D software and I then embroidered them.

When my mother passed away a few years ago, I realized that I could no longer continue to express myself in the same way.

Cécile Davidovici

What inspired you to get started on this body of work?

We were very inspired by Giorgio Morandi’s work and his ability to make silence, the almost nothing, vibrate. We wanted to embroider objects as if they were alive.

When I started embroidery I was fascinated by portraits and skin and how complicated it was to embroidered them in a realistic way so I started to experiment until I developped a technique I was happy about. I’ve then use this same technique to embroider objects, injecting life and mouvement into them.

What’s a typical day like in your studio?

I arrive at the studio around 8h30/9am and I start the day usually with some admin work and a coffee. Then I spent most of my day doing embroidery. When I work on big pieces I try to take breaks to rest my back has often as needed. Time flies when I’m working so I never really feel the day passing by.

Who are your favorite artists?

That’s a difficult question. I find inspiration in so many different artists. I adore Pierre Bonnard and the way he uses colors. Eva Jospin is a big inspiration for me as well. I find it magical how she gives a new life to cardboard by making those incredible sculptures with it. Etel Adnan, Sheila Hicks….

Where do you go to discover new artists?

Mostly exhibitions and openings but also instagram

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