Audrey Nervi

galerie frank elbaz | Paris

Audrey Nervi’s practice relies on a photographic diary that she keeps during her travels around the globe. She brings back innumerable photographs that depict details seized on the fly, sometimes unbeknownst to the pictures’ subjects. The camera records more information than the eye or brain can immediately process; back in the studio, the artist sorts through her images, and, inevitably, more is seen in retrospect. She chooses pictures to rework on the computer (reframing, rebalancing the color, minimally retouching) and then paints the images on canvas. Far away from the event, what seemed only fleeting and fortuitous comes into consciousness at the heart of the paintings, in the richness of the materials. Although still imbued with all the shakiness and blur of the original snapshots, these images—no longer mechanical and instantaneous—become personal memories that tell stories.


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