Artwork / high school and college

Starry Night rip-off by Gwenn Seemel Gwenn Seemel self-portrait as a 16 year old pencil on paper drawing of an old man sitting under a parasol crosshatched painted portrait Gwenn Seemel self-portraiat as an 18 year old figurative art, intaglio print painted portrait of an old Breton man drawing of a sweet old lady Gwenn Seemel’ grandfather, Patern Kervinio gouache and colored pencil on paper, portrait of an old white man smiling oil pastel abstract portrait Eugénie Kervinio Patern Kervinio self-portrait drawing intaglio print portrait

This is where my style started. I was 14 when I made my first acrylic piece, a Van Gogh rip-off that got me away from blending paint and into making distinct brushstrokes. I was 15 when I took my first intaglio print-making class and learned to love crosshatching. I was 16 when I combined these two influences into this self-portrait.

To begin with, my marks simply delighted me; there was no further thought behind them. But in college I encountered the work of the French philosopher Michel de Montaigne, and they came to be about something more. His declaration that “life is but movement” made sense to me, and even more so with one small edit: “life is but beautiful movement.”

This became my mantra, and my art followed, with the bold brushstrokes reflecting the words. My marks are a reminder that matter is energy—that the only solid thing in this world is movement. Change is built into every particle, and my artistic practice is a call to look beyond the surface and notice the deeper dynamic layers.