Nature Morte 1


In French, a still life is called a nature morte which means « Dead Nature ». I like « Still Life » much better as it sounds more positive but in this case « Nature Morte » perfectly describes my feeling and message behind this work. Spring 2021 I picked up some trash and some flowers at the local riverside. I dried the flowers in a book and the dead nature came to live! Collage made with acrylic paint on cardboard fitted into a wooden frame from the fleamarket.

Red, Pink and Blue

Red was found at a local free market the 13th of October 2019. At a free market, ‘marché gratuit’ here in France, you can bring the stuff you don’t need anymore and you can take whatever you like ! Pink was adopted one month later the 23th of November. Also for free ! The ladies of the local « Secours Catholique » said that she wasn’t worth enough to be sold. When Pink went for a walk with us in the woods just afterwards she lost her tongue. She hasn’t spoken a word ever since. Red fell in love with her. Blue was found at a Church’ fleamarket that same Winter.

Red, Pink and Blue are in charge of everything second hand or vintage in my home. They are ringing the bell when too much stuff in the art studio is just hanging around and telling me that some vintage items should become happy in another home. They also insist on making art with old frames and things instead of new canvases and paint.

Since today they are officially my Etsy Shop Members and Curators. I’m grateful for the job they’re doing!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/MyrtheCiancia

Plastic Free July

Today I found out that it’s « Plastic Free July ». It’s about choosing to refuse single use plastic. Or at least try it!

I will be using this « plastic free » theme to become aware of how many single plastic I still use even though we do alot of our grocery shopping at local markets with our own bags. In our case, the biggest single use plastic item we use is a waterbottle! As the tapwater in the village is often not good we drink bottled mineral water.

Very recently I started to keep the empty bottles with the plan to create something with them. I’m impressed by the number. In no time I could fill the appartment with empty water bottles. At the pictures you only see some blue ones.

I’m setting myself 2 goals for this Plastic Free July.

1.See if we can drink more tap water (maybe by using a filter?)

2.Create with Plastic Bottles, recycle them, make Art!

To start I created a Pinterest Board with Plastic Bottle Art Ideas. Feel free to follow me or to create with me. When I start creating I’ll share with you how I do it!

To be continued …

6×6 is Back! Rochester Contemporary Art Center

… and of course I sent something special this year. To celebrate the come back of Art and Culture!

My latest Art Theme is « Trash » and while I was mostly ‘just’ making pictures I decided to keep some of my finds to create! I picked some flowers that very same day, dried them and used it all together to make these 2 (6″x6″) (15x15cm) Mixed Media Art Collages. My First 2 Trash Collages : « ALMOST NATURAL ».

6x6x2021 – The International Small Art Phenomenon

Rochester Contemporary Art Center

JUNE 5, 2021 – JULY 18, 2021 – Rochester NY USA

Street Art City – Hotel 128

We were both at a turning point in life and destiny brought us together to laugh and create room 96 « Girls just want to have fun » in Hotel 128 – Street Art City – Lurcy Levis – France. Open every day from May 22th until November 1st 2021.

With Hilary Dingwall-Fordyce and Myrthe Ciancia

In the press by Ingrid Pohu for FRANCEINFO 10-10-2020 : « Je t’aime un peu, beaucoup, passionnément… Chambre 96 – à l’envers ça fait bien 69 – on effeuille les marguerites recouvrant les murs, les bonbons rappellent sans doute les papillons au ventre acidulé des premiers rendez-vous amoureux. Ces peintures sont signées Hilary et Myrthe. L’une est hollandaise, l’autre anglaise. C’est la chambre sur le thème du 5 à 7, la petite escapade amoureuse. »

Here are some pictures I made when the room was almost finished