Art Exhibition: Joëlle Kabile’s D.R.E.A.M.


In “D.R.E.A.M: une exposition pour rêver!” France-Antilles highlights an exhibition by self-taught painter Joëlle Kabile, whose work is on view at the Stock Exchange building in Saint Pierre, Martinique. The free exhibition runs until December 27, 2016. [The following are excerpts that I translated and paraphrased; see original article here.]

Joëlle [Kabile] present her works with the acronym D.R.E.A.M., which she defines as an acronym for: desire, dream, embrace, love, and thank you [désirer, rêver, embrasser, aimer, merci]. This exhibition, which includes fifty pieces painted between 2014 and 2015, expresses the philosophy of the author, namely, through her ever bright colors, simple shapes borrowed from childhood, and, above all, what remains of childhood when one becomes an adult.

The artist explains: “I have painted for fifteen years. It is vital for me. After a lapse of eight years, I felt as if I were dead; I had to take up my brushes and easel to live again, and I worked on these paintings that are on view at the Stock Exchange site. Since my childhood, I have always loved drawing and sketching, and, early on, I knew nothing about painting.”

Inspiration from Pop Art

If the artist is committed to any particular current, she is mainly inspired by the pop art movement of Andy Warhol, who uses everyday objects in his creations. In Joëlle Kabile’s case, she uses acrylic, felt-tip pens or pencil to represent childhood-related objects with a certain naïve style in her compositions. [. . .]

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