This is an illustration of one of the poems of the Nantes poet, Pauline Patrignani, as part of the joint project Les Parnassiennes.
This poem illustration turned out to be a real challenge, but a great exercise. First I had — and this was the main difficulty of this mandate — to find a way to integrate all the elements into one visual. Then I wanted to make obvious the linkage with the poem.
One verse after another, the scene took shape in my mind. I imagined a limited palette to make it easier to read the image and distinguish each element, but also to increase its semantic scope. I also wanted the visual to carry two messages through a play of contrasts. The dark color represents emptiness and darkness, symbols of ignorance and denial; meanwhile, the colorful landscape, alive and bathed in light, evokes knowledge and openness to the world.
Emanating from the character are a certain nonchalance — characterized by his hands in his pockets — and determination, like that of the adventurer who carries his backpack, gaze riveted on the path he takes in his quest for knowledge.
Collaboration : Pauline Patrignani, poet from Nantes