A l'Ombre des Contes - In the Shadow of Fairy Tales
When a story is “out of time,” it occupies a paradoxical setting, one that is vague yet familiar. Such stories concern archetypes: heroes, goddesses, and clowns with thousands of faces, characters that are wildly different yet always the same.
Like these myths, the narrative paintings of Anne Bachelier glimmer in the darkness of our collective consciousness. No wonder, then, that she’s illustrated several editions of classic drama--The Tempest, The Phantom of the Opera, and Beauty and the Beast—as well as the cosmos of her own “out of time” universe. Her recent work draws inspiration from poets such as Giambattista Basile, author of Tale of Tales, one of the oldest known national collection of fairytales. Basile’s stories were meant to be recited, adapted for live audiences, and Bachelier’s images retain the paradoxical spirit of performance, ephemeral yet eternal, weightless yet grounded in the physical world.