an investigative photo documentary

Exclusive 18-page photo essay from our investigative journalist team in collaboration with award-winning photojournalist Corentin Fohlen. Location: Paris, France Copyright Wondereur 2019.

MEET with artist Marine Arragain curated by JR's studio director Marc Azoulay.

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I WON’T LOOK AT A LITTLE FLOWER AND THINK IT’S CUTE.
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It doesn’t inspire me.
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I’m more interested in Nature with a capital ‘N’– places like Iceland where you can feel the hostile nature. Everything is just so raw. It can be very rocky and black, and the sky is low.
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IT’S MONUMENTAL AND OVERWHELMING BUT ALSO STILL AND SERENE.
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When you look at the ice on a very still lake, and icebergs, it can give you a sense of vertigo sometimes. It’s so humbling, I see it as an invitation to contemplation.
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Paris is not necessarily the best place to be working in large format. The one thing I need in order to paint is space.
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I NEED TO FEEL FREE AND NOT CONSTRAINED BY STUFF LIKE WALLS.
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I love working outside so I thought we could spend a day in nature. I grabbed three cans of acrylic, a few large canvases, and we went off to Fontainebleau and started experimenting with the landscape.
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It’s like a journey that I embark on when I paint. I don’t exactly know how things will come up. Especially with colours. It’s funny that I worked with pink on that day. It’s a pretty unusual colour for me.
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I LIKE TO LET MY UNCONSCIOUS MIND DO THE WORK.
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For a while, ballet dancing and contemporary dance were really my main thing. That’s how I expressed myself.
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DANCE REALLY NURTURES MY ART. IT FUELS MY BRAIN, MY MOOD, ALL THE TIME.
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I have been contemplating nature for a long time. You will never feel just totally relaxed when you see the Unkai, or ‘ocean of clouds’—there’s always something going on.
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When I was having this residency in Iceland, I wanted to add rocks and sand and plants from the fjord into the painting. It won’t really show in the end but I liked the idea. They’re just there as a souvenir.
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THE PAINTING REMEMBERS WHERE IT’S FROM. IT HAS A LIFE, A PAST, A STORY.