I came across the work of a little-known French textile artist recently while gallery browsing. She goes by the name “Avril”.
She was trained as a classical painter, in an atelier where the students would go to museums and copy the masters. However she grew tired of “dead white men’s paintings” and decided to make her own mark on them, with traditional women’s craft of needle and thread. Think of it as puncturing their pomposity with a needle. No genre or time period was safe. She tried to out-Dada the Dadaists in a few cases. Starting with a high-quality giclee (inkjet print) on canvas and using heavy cord, some pictures are modified with a running stitch, other with variations of embroidery stitches.
“After Duchamp: Fountain”
“After Mondrian: Composition with Red, Blue, Yellow”
“After Munch: The Scream”
“After Wood: Return from Bohemia”
“After Monet: Impression, Sunrise”
The “Impression: Sunrise” piece led her onto another series, using that very familiar icon of pop culture from the 1960s.
“After Wood: Spring Turning”
“After Blake: Ancient of Days”
“After Johns: Target with Four Faces”
“After Duchamp After da Vinci: Mona Lisa”
I was able to find out her full name: Avril Une d’Fou. “Fou” translates to “Fool”. Can you translate the rest?