• The Lodge

    T(h)rees by Zou

Zou, through these 3 paintings, makes us aware of the colours of nature, the forest, its strength and
power, but also its fragility. Her paintings remind us of our origins and the colours of the earth. This
lodge is decorated with objects made of raw and noble materials, such as those found in the
surrounding forest. Wood, leather, wool. All shades of brown, ochre with a touch of green. A green
wall for a deeper immersion, even in the toilets.

Zou, through these 3 paintings, makes us aware of the colours of nature, the forest, its strength and
power, but also its fragility. Her paintings remind us of our origins and the colours of the earth. This
lodge is decorated with objects made of raw and noble materials, such as those found in the
surrounding forest. Wood, leather, wool. All shades of brown, ochre with a touch of green. A green
wall for a deeper immersion, even in the toilets.

Interview

Zou

Painter and artist

Tell us what motivated you to join this project, how did you draw inspiration from the space and the nature around it ?

The main reason I am participating to this project is my friendship with Anne-Caroline, who was the first person to help me in my debus as an artist. Then, the trees… Since 2012, they are an inspiration to me, because of personal events that occurred in my life. These trees that bind us to the sky, this middle ground between sky and earth. They live for centuries and create life around them, still.

How did you choose the works you want to put in the lodge?

I chose the trees, very different the ones from the others, they all have a history… and they are in the forest but inside a lodge made thanks to them. Trees outside and inside.

Biography

A constant search for new materials and new techniques, she combines all kinds of materials around a theme inspired by her daily life

ZOU has been a mixed media painter since 2002, and a photographer since 2012. For the past 17
years, in her constant search for new materials and techniques, she has combined all kinds of
materials around a theme inspired by her daily life. She likes to associate press articles, photos,
materials and warm colours of the earth. To all these materials (ashes, newspapers, cardboard,…)
which we would tend to cast, it gives a second life, a second look. By accumulating layers and layers
of paint, “accidents” appear. These are the very ones who will build the canvas. After this
construction around theme, color and material, ZOU “sculpts” all these elements to give volume and
strength. Since 2012, ZOU has been working around trees. She is fascinated by their ability to
communicate with each other, creating life around them without moving, watching us. ZOU
photographs them and then melts them in the crucible of the material of his paintings. She likes to
push back the pure image, attracting to the front of the canvas what this image contains of mystery,
a kind of second reading. ZOU lives and works in Meudon (she is a member of the Artistic Committee
of Artists) Zou has exhibited in Paris, at the Salon Réalités Nouvelles in Vincennes, in Montmartre,
but also in Beirut, Singapore, Brussels, Lille, Saint-Tropez and Tangier this winter.

Depuis 2012, ZOU travaille autour des arbres. Elle est fascinée par leur capacité à communiquer entre eux, créant la vie autour d’eux sans bouger, en nous observant.
ZOU les photographie pour ensuite les fondre dans le creuset de la matière de ses toiles. Elle aime repousser la pure image en arrière, attirant au-devant de la toile ce que cette image contient de mystère, une sorte de seconde lecture.

ZOU vis et travaille à Meudon (elle y est membre du Comité Artistique des Artistes) 
Zou a exposé entre autres à Paris, au Salon Réalités Nouvelles à Vincennes, à Montmartre, mais aussi à Beyrouth, Singapour, Bruxelles, Lille, Saint-Tropez et Tanger cet hiver.

Zou, if you were...

  • A forest of the world :

    The Amazon forest, the lung of the Earth, which produces 20% of our oxygen and which today burns!

  • A tree :

    The cedar from Lebanon for its ramage, for its prestigious allure… and for Lebanon.

  • Part of this tree :

    Its ramage, which grows, spreads in height and width, which occupies the empty space.

  • An inhabitant of the forest:

    A hummingbird, for the marriage of his speed and his grace and his colors.

  • A season :

    Autumn for its colours and smells.

  • A fungus :

    The girole for its color.

  • A wind :

    The sirocco, a warm wind.

  • A smell :

    Cedar wood or sandalwood.