As soon as he was dressed, he went into the library and sat down to a light
French breakfast, that had been laid out for him, on a small round table close to the open window.
It was an exquisite day.
The warm air seemed laden with spices.
A bee flew in, and buzzed round the blue-dragon bowl that,
filled with sulphur-yellow roses, stood before him.
He felt perfectly happy.
Suddenly his eyes fell on the screen that he had places in front of the
portrait

Traduction Le Portrait de Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde,éd Folio, p 186-187

Lauren Coullard, The Lucky Stories.

Sometimes we’re lucky, sometimes small unforeseen miracles happen in the
sinuous course of life. One of these was my meeting with Lauren Coullard, and
almost immediately afterwards with her art, at about the exact moment it was
starting to get born. Shortly then a new miracle - these were sumptuous times
Lauren Coullard started to paint.
Suddenly, on the table, as airdroped from an invisible country where these sort of serene fireworks had been nicely waiting to hatch, Lauren Coullard’s first paintings. Just like that.

If the world was paying more attention to what matters, it would have done
the same thing as we did: watch, admire, silently applause, and whisper our
admiration, carefully making sure that she was not hearing too much, to let her do
what she does best: paint, without listening to anybody’s opinion, because the
truth is that no one has anything to tell her about what she should or should not to do. After all, she's an artist.

The following months and years have been and keep being a long way of
recurring delights, everytime appear the modest and zigzagging epiphanies of joy, color, and personal narrative patterns rising with more or less density depending on the periods: characters in nature, human activities, vegetations, a few horses, or brillantly talented portraits that deconstruct the human face to rebuild it with only what amuses or intrigues the painter, resulting in small wonders of relevance, humor, pictorial accuracy and vital energy.
Or recently, abstract signs on splendid large size canvas, made of color, peace and joy, quick like scribbles, but with the perfection of color harmonies.

Because, in fact, the supposed antinomy between abstraction and figuration,
as some oppose body and soul, besides being a tremendous reduction of the
reality of painting, finds one more proof with Coullard that in the end, whether you recognize people or apples or cats in it, or you only see lines and tones, it is always, more or less, stories that are told or that fly around, with some more obvious and some more subtle. Which is why sometimes everything finds itself mixed up with everything, boundaries get blurred by the brush, we see something, and what is it? Well finally it is color, it’s movement, oil paint, a brush stroke:
nothing more, and nothing less.

Stories, she has plenty, and today she’s telling us one more at Silicon: in
BREAK(FEAST), we are, you are, in a cereal bowl! And following a daydreaming reference to eighteenth century’s porcelain bowls having decorative patterns painted on the inside, here comes a beautiful wall frieze with dragons, as seen
from inside this very bowl. And then, because a daydream bounces on one
another, arise the memories of Mexican cereal boxes: photos of the Mexican
boxes are printed and then pasted on the French ones, these collages are
painted, and voilà: cereal boxes in the big cereal bowl, paintings in the installation,
or maybe just a large painting that is also a large cereal bowl.
Daydream’s pool ball bounces again on an elegance phantasy about the nineteenth century,
catches sight of Dorian Gray, and here it is: Wilde’s hero’s taking his breakfast, or
has taken it earlier, or maybe he is just about to take it - anyway, look right here:
embroidered with his initials, he kindly left us his napkin.
The little ballet is in place, it is up to us now to dance.

Jérémie Grandsenne, 2017