The orange typewriter series is proud to welcome painter, novelist, hip-hop lyricist, and Coup de Coer recipient, Alizé Meurisse. Her work has been shown in Paris and London, on canvasses that “engulf the viewer,” as Editions Alia
editor Gérard Berréby
put it, and touch themes from “travesty to sacrilege.” She has published two novels with Editions Alia: Pâle Sang Bleu
(nominated for the Prix de Flore), and Roman à Clefs
–all before her 26th birthday. Work from Alizé’s 2011 exhibition
at Paris’ Galerie Nuke
is available in book form as Pen Knife
, which gets its title from the couto Swiss
like versatility of this brilliant and busy young artist.
|‘Salomé’ was shown in London’s Cob Gallery
Pete Doherty’s first solo album.
S&D: Which grabbed you first: painting or writing, are you formally schooled in either?
A.M: as a child I used to draw a lot, as a teenager I wanted to be a painter… I left school behind when I was 19 (after two years of “classe préparatoire”)…haven’t been to art school or followed any writing course, I’m just curious and enthusiastic… and ambitious I guess! I mean I love writing and painting, I couldn’t stop, I need it.
S&D: Could you give us the meaning of your first name?
A.M: It’s the name of a tropical wind, from the Caribbean… but it’s also the name of a drink which is mentioned in some hip hop tracks (tupac, dre, etc), to New Yorkers it sounds like quite a “thug” name.
There’s also a french pop singer who’s called “Alizee” (spelt with two “e”s though!) her hit single “Lolita” came out when I was about 14 so I got teased a bit.
I think your name says a lot about you, I like mine.
My brother calls me Zey.
S&D: Rimbaud or Baudelaire? (you have to choose…)
A.M: I like Both. I choose Verlaine!
from Alizé’s ‘Second Sex’ series
S&D: Why Paris?
A.M: Because I was born here…well, I’m from a Paris suburb (92) and moved to Paris when I was 10.
S&D: Picasso used to make his girlfriends and wives read the Marquis de Sade; is there a book you would prescribe to your friends and lovers?
A.M: I don’t know… there’s nothing I feel people absolutely HAVE TO have read, on the contrary I’d get bored with people who think and do just the same as I do. I’m interested in what my friends and lovers can make me discover!
Next time: Tree-sketcher, environmentalist, and flying Yogi,
Hannah Day visits the orange typewriter.