Catching Fish

« I’m 35, originally from the Finistère region of France where I’m still based to this day, after having studied fine arts in Quimper and Rennes - I’ve been around. Curious about the world, eager to understand it, I’ve sailed it through and through, or backpacked up and hopped onto buses across Africa, South America, Asia, Antarctica…

Places, people, sounds and colors. Beautiful and rich exchanges that inspired my work. »

That is her - Amélie. She draws, paints, still fails at taking herself seriously, she is an artist, a traveler, a colorist.


How and why did you take up drawing?

I can’t say I ever once took up drawing. I rather feel like as soon as I could somewhat hold a pen, the urge to use said medium to express myself never left me. I developed a similar attraction to music in just as early years, it was something obvious. Artistic outlets which have been part of my life as soon as my childhood.


« Drawings travel and exhibit themselves way beyond galleries. 

Your moniker being Fish, are you attracted to fishy things?

Ah, Fish as a moniker! People just gave it to me a while back. Having reoccurring themes in my works, the sea world happens to be one of those depths. I never could get away from the sea for long. When I’m not working in my studio, I’m either in, under, or on water, surfing or even fishing.

It all started out with me sketching fish one day mid-Atlantic cruise - I still love to watch them underwater. Painting fish, and waves, is like portraying the nature around us, reminding people how precious and essential to our world it is.

You draw on various types of medium, which one would you say you enjoy the most?

I’m into customization indeed! I love going beyond the canvas, drawing on objects and granting them a second life of sorts. I’ve been customizing surf boards lately. Their shape just feels right and happens to be inspiring.

I like the idea of the object becoming something personal, unique, in this modern world where everything is mass-produced, or disposable. Putting some life back into worn-out shoes, or a chair, or a bike, just using shapes and colors!

Then the drawings travel, and exhibit themselves way beyond galleries. They even go underwater! It all makes for a form of street art, or free art.

Which one did you find to be the oddest one?

I’ve customized several double basses, including one for the double bass player in the band Karpatt. How I usually process for such purposes is I just show up, say, in Paris with a suitcase full of my stuff and I just perform on the spot, improvised workshop style. Having a limited amount of time to work pumps me up!