Pauline Ginnety, Sounds and Connections, acrylic on paper, 33cm x 50cm

Irish, b. 1941, playing from Paris, France

My interest in art dates from an early age as I was born into a family interested in the arts. (my grandfather and two first cousins were painters). I, too, wished to pursue an arts career and was privately tutored but life circumstances led me along a different path resulting in an international career working in Africa, Asia and Europe (both East and West). Art remained a constant part of my life, however, and I was continually enriched by discovering the work of diverse visual artists in the different countries where I worked. Since moving to live in Paris in 200I my immersion in art intensified considerably. I started to paint regularly again in 2005 after joining a Paris studio where I studied under a graduate of l’Ecole Supérieure des Beaux Arts, Paris.

2005 – 2013 Atelier APAG, Paris IX 2009 l’Ecole Supérieure des Arts Appliqués Duperré 2010-12 MOMA applied courses (abstract expressionism ; collage)

I work in oils, acrylics and mixed media and, since 2006, have participated in annual group exhibitions in Paris.

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Thoughts on the Telephone process

I felt excited by the process of attempting to translate the work of a video artist onto a work on paper. It was a real challenge to try and intuit my way back to the origins of the work. I found it difficult to interpret the key message that the artist wished to transmit and used Roland Barthes’ Enigma Codes and Levi-Strauss’ Binary Pairs in an attempt to guide me through it.

What I found most enjoyable was the search for meaning in a genre (video) that I was not previously drawn to nor, indeed, understood. The Telephone process has helped me to improve both my observation and listening skills and has given me a deeper appreciation of the work of video artists.

Film by Daniel Wilson
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