One of the unique characteristics of the art of Astrid de La Forest (*1962) is that she is both engraver and painter. She expresses simultaneously a need for space, non-verbal communication and a use of colour that makes her work similar to painting, but to an art of painting that relies on printing ink that needs to pass through the press.
A keen traveller, she draws her subjects from her observation of nature, the animal world, landscapes and portraits. Her preferred motifs emerge on the sheet as manifestations of the visible, thanks to the play of arabesque and transparency offered by the inking and superimposition of the plates.
An exhibition of the Cabinet cantonal des estampes curated by Florian Rodari, curator of the Fondation William Cuendet & Atelier de Saint-Prex