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L'Enfant et l'Art

For the L'Enfant et l'Art catalog, Alécia de Menezes Seidler wrote about her one-on-one collaborations with each artist, excerpted below.

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L'Enfant et l'Art catalog cover.
L'Enfant et l'Art catalog cover

LA FRANCE
Céleste L. (age 6)

Acrylic paint, betadine and beads on canvas
size: 47” x 24”


When I first met Céleste, she was in a protected area. She said she was ready to paint. When I came back the next day, she had been transferred to a sterilized room. She was very excited because she would have a room all to herself. And she did paint. Céleste, literally kneeled on top of the canvas and with both hands and non-stop talking, she created her painting.
LA FRANCE

At some point I looked at her and the bed sheets, there was paint and betadine everywhere. I said to her, "Céleste, look at you. I am afraid the nurses are going to get mad at us." She asked, "Does it come out?" I said, "sometimes yes, sometimes no." In great confidence she responded, "Well, don't worry, I just have to finish my painting." At my question, why she named her painting "La France" she answered, "Why? But just look at it, can't you see it?"



LE CIRQUE
Paul B.
age 5

Betadine, game chips and objects on canvas
size: 47” x 24”

As soon as I entered Paul's room, he made sure to instruct me on all the precautions I had to take before I got close to him. Not in any conscious or bossy way, but almost kind of having fun with me....
LE CIRQUE

he had a little sly smile on his face as he followed my clumsy way around the room. He was the first child I was going to work with in the sterilized room so I was still getting used to all the layers of clothes and mask that I had to use.
Finally, let's start painting. Paul went through carefully choosing all these little things to glue on his painting, then he saw the paint, but that's betadine, he said. Exactly, try Paul, it has beautiful colors. He enjoyed seeing the betadine travel on the canvas forming these snake-like shapes. The he found these numbers I had brought among the choices for materials. He asked, "It's an auction, right? How much do you think my painting will sell for?" "really, I have no idea Paul, I hope a lot." "I will make it very expensive," he said. He started putting the numbers on the canvas and with each number he would ask, "how much does it cost now?" After he finished his painting he asked if he could keep it in his room. He wanted to show it to people, which he did, with a lot of pride.



EL AMOR
Ophélie T.
age 14

Oil paint, beads and feathers on canvas
size: 77” x 52”


Ophélie reflected a lot on what she was going to paint and decided to do an abstract. She worked on it for about 40 minutes and said, "I'm finished." I looked at it and said, "it looks great Ophélie, but perhaps ypu could work on it a bit more." "No, it's finished!"
All there was, waas some red paint on the canvas. We started talking about the color red. What did it evoke in her, fire? "Love," she said.
EL AMOR

She worked on her painting for three days after that. She was excited about it, it had a meaning now and it was all about love. She painted her black t-shirt with the word LOVE. She asked what I thought about love, what was it? The most incredible feeling ever. There are many types of love I think, but for me the most beautiful and perfect is that of a mother for her child. What do you think, I asked. "Very simple," she said, "The most important thing in life and the one nobody should live without."




IMAGINAIRE D'UN HOMME EPINGLE
Alexia D.
age 17

Pastel and sand on cardboard
size: 47” x 32”


This is the first painting Alexia created for this project. But when I saw her confidence and ability to draw I ordered another canvas for her right away... she is amazing.



ONIRISME
Alexia D.
age 17

Oil paint, spackling, wood, leather and sand on canvas
size: 77” x 52”

Alexia is a very talented artist, a real natural. She draws from her mind, freehand. After I saw the first horse she did with pastel on paper, I asked if she would like to work on a bigger scale with spackling, oil and the whole thing. She was very disciplined and meticulous with her work. Even counting the time it took to complete it, a total of 39 hours. Based on her talent, I asked if she would like to have a career as an artist. Very confidently, she answered, "not really, I love it, but I do it for fun." Despite her discipline she created her painting with fun and humor. After some attempts at making the faces of two of the horsemen to her liking, she talked to the painting, "fine... if you won't help me, I will take care of you." She put flower petals on each of their faces with great results. Alexia said the one thing she is sure about now is that she wants to continue to work and have fun with Les P'tits Cracks. Alexia works as an in-house artist for the association.
IMAGINAIRE D'UN HOMME EPINGLE

ONIRISME



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Aziza B.
age 2

Betadine, acrylic paint and stickers on canvas
size: 48” x 24”

The first time I entered her room,
Aziza started to cry. She was a bit afraid, she thought I was a doctor.
I talked to her, showing her all the pretty stickers and bright colors of paint that she could play with. She got curious about it and started painting right away.


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