Marc Dannaud worked as an interior designer for 20 years: from 2008, he returned to artistic practice in parallel with his work until 2017 when he stopped his activity as an interior designer to devote himself fully to artistic creation. Since 2014, he has devoted himself almost exclusively to the realization of commissioned wall works. Since 2017, he has developed an exclusive protocol of artistic performances with collectives.
In contrast to my abstract work of frescoes or collective performances that aim to represent a shared intelligible narrative, the series of "improvised figurations" begun in the fall of 2021 and which I propose here for the first time, are figurative works that free themselves from all intentional contexts and narratives. Each work is improvised as I go along, without any prior vision, preparatory sketch or model. Around a first figure, other figures, colors and contrasts are freely invited according to my desires and intuitions. They are not discussed in terms of meanings and I try not to forbid myself anything. There is no need to look for a logical meaning, whether it be symbolic or unconscious: the "bizarre" is not sought as such but is born of the interactions between figures/contrasts that are sometimes unexpected. The meaning of each work is to be found by the viewer by associating these snippets according to his heart. The objective is to explore the process of constituting a narrative that would be guided only by purely pictorial imperatives and to observe the result as well as the impact on those who see them.
"I would like these "Narrative Snippets" to be completed through the restitution that future buyers will be able to make of them. If they accept it, they will have the mission to give the work an official title (currently simply numbered) and to write their own commentary that I will validate as being permanently associated with the work. In this way, the narrative, contextual and relational functions of any work of art, as I understand them in my work as an artist, will be respected and fulfilled. Marc Dannaud