The first project Marc de Maisonneuve did was in “Les ateliers du bout du monde” in Lorient, 2010. It was his first experience of this project. It results a series of portraits which deals with Object. Each Object is in confrontation with the environment of artists and how they react to it.
In 2011, Marc de Maisonneuve was in Residency at Foundation B.a.d in Rotterdam. He has slowly gone to the idea of landscape. He decided to follow this idea for two reasons.
The first reason was because of Holland’s Landscape. There is no Landscape as he could understand it. The landscapes in Holland has been hand made, has been decided by its inhabitant. That was very important for the Endless project, this idea of self-determination was about dealing with the idea of independent places and responsibility.
The second reason was because Objects were too simple to deal with the statement of an artist. A landscape leaves more space to consider the artist’s statement into his environment without going to a basic speech, without going to science. It leaves a place for something else that transcends the language.
Each picture is a long process. Technically, the artist needs around two weeks to realize one picture, but sometimes he spends even more time to meet with artists.
Each picture is made of two different things: the context and his perception of it. He spends most of his time to speak with artists and look at theirs art works. This stage is a time of reflection about the artists’ context, what are their needs and how they respond to them. The second stage is the attempt to bring his own experience inside their world.
He never really makes a portrait of an artist, but always follows a different way to be and to try to imagine his visage inside it. Some results are enclosed spaces, some others are an escape from himself to another perception of his surroundings.