Juliette Manolie

Juliette Manolie

I am a late bloomer. I went to a liberal arts college instead of going to the Beaux-Arts (which I dreamed of attending). I became a rebellious feminist, and a passionate language and literature teacher: my name was Christel Petermann, then. Last year, after a rather intense crisis in my professional career, I decided to give life to my dormant, diffident and decidedly restless alter-ego. I became Juliette Manolié: an artist at 60. Finally…

Painting has taken an unforeseen place in my life: it is what occupies my dreams and gets me out of bed. Wherever I am, I am thinking about the piece I am working on, and the ones after that. There is a thirst to create and a constant flood of ideas in my mind that I don’t always have time to process. Anything can be a trigger for a piece I want to begin: an editorial, a fairy tale, a news item, my female rage, biblical metaphors, climate change, a poem, my current emotional or physical state, a flower, Patti Smith. I am completely and utterly engaged when I work, both physically and emotionally: I can continue for hours without noticing the outside world. I am immersed in a foreign language I wish to speak fluently. And I do very much enjoy the intellectual effort and the persistent work that is required.

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