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During her training in sculpture and modelling based on live models under the direction of Martine Lutz, Sandrine Astier learnt the 3-dimensional representation of the entire human body, she trained in fine arts at the Marc Bloch University in Strasbourg and obtained her Master of Arts in June 2000. Thanks to this rich and diverse education, she studied painting with deepness both in theory and practice in workshops dedicated to the analysis and interpretation of major works such as paintings by Pablo Picasso inspired by African art or the works of Klimt. The latter still has a great impact on her work. “These compositions mixing Apollonian and Dionysian really touch me! He is of those who have found the perfect balance between figuration and abstraction,” says Sandrine Astier.
At the time of her MA, she was interested by the experimental approach of the Cobra movement, which became her Hobbyhorse for two years. After studying their manifesto, she puts into practice their theories and applied them to her own project.
This is when she realised that painting would be the means of expression she would deepen and practice from now on. Additionally during this period, Sandrine Astier was also active in associations for the promotion of arts and music: “I organized exhibitions, concerts, and performances and was very close to the street art community at that time.
I regularly participated in murals, which allowed me to move my archetypes from the canvas to the walls. However, I limited my performance to the face more than the body as a whole and by doing this sought to create a universal symbol of human being. During these experiments between walls and paintings my archetypes became clearer. “ says Sandrine Astier.
Technically, Sandrine Astier uses mixed media such as acrylic paints, oil, spray paints and markers, ink or chalk on canvas and paper on canvas. Text © Sandrine Astier & Xavier Penninckx 2011