Ariane Epars

Visual Artist, Switzerland

Ariane Epars was born in 1959. She lives and works in Cully, Switzerland.
Interested in the relationship between art and architecture, Ariane Epars has carried out numerous interventions in the context of the built environment. These works are conceived from a specific place, questioning its identity, its spirit and its history, to which she brings a clarifying counterpoint. In a repairing gesture that sometimes dares demolition, she removes rather than adds, clears lines, frees spaces and synthesizes their meaning. Ariane Epars has also produced several important works using language – list, enumeration, inventory, and description. Here, her tools are words.

During her residency at the Camargo Foundation, Ariane Epars intended to experiment writing and to make frottages ("rubbings"). This elementary technique reveals what the eye does not perceive or misperceives, a discreet, inexhaustible richness, hidden in the materials. The rubbings embody a sensitive epidermis located between the body and the chosen surface, both literal and abstract at the same time. The rubbings are also the trace of an assiduous presence, here and now. Writing, as she practices it, comes from the impulse, the desire

To say, to describe what is there, visible, invisible.
To be. There. Present.
To intervene. In the sense of "come in as an extraneous factor or thing", from Latin intervenire, from inter- "between" and venire "come".
To work, to create, I need a place. Circumstances. A given space and time.

  • Ariane Epars presented her work on July 7, 2020 in the open-air theatre of the Camargo Foundation

    "It will be a reading/lecture by a visual artist. With words. With images created, aroused by words. With returns on visual artworks in which the notion of time and writing are mixed. Perhaps.
    With notes on the experiments of prints made by "frottages", a sort of sensitive epidermis, both literal and abstract at the same time." — Ariane Epars

    Residency and event organized in partnership with the Cipm, the International Center of Poetry in Marseille.