'Mozart, Matisse, Blanche et moi'

'Mozart, Matisse, Blanche et moi'

In the book 'Mozart, Matisse, Blanche et moi', the artist Natalie d'Arbeloff decided to create a work with no preconceived plan of what its subject would be. Starting with a blank plate she began scratching with a drypoint pencil, and drew a bowl of fruit that was in her kitchen. Mozart was playing in the background and this, along with other objects such as a photograph of her mother, Blanche, with her sisters, another of Natalie herself aged 9, and a book about Matisse which happened to be on the table, all served as inspirations that were woven together into the story. The resulting plates were produced in one or two sittings. The double page drawings also contain handwritten texts in English and French scratched into the plates, a technique reminiscent of Matisse's book 'Jazz', another inspiration for the artist. The verso of each page is printed with scratched patterns of lines creating intervals between each double page spread. The work includes autobiographical elements familiar in many of d'Arbeloff's works of self-exploration. The work also serves as a conscious meditation on the nature of the creative process and the things that inspire it. NAL copy is no. 6 in an edition of 6 copies signed by the artist.