They make a head of them, the beings portrayed by Didier Genty! Torn apart, illuminated, they seem to be made up of incandescent neon lights, intertwined tunnels, networks of all kinds, all in action. Everything moves all the time ... Says Françoise Monnin visiting her studio.
Thirty years ago, it was a wax work, on large photographic prints. Self-portraits, in fact. Then, came other doctored faces, exploiting the possibilities of the computer. Return to painting, finally, by need to entirely scaffold structures, to reconstruct... By pleasure, too: to find again sensations felt in front of some paintings of Velasquez, Rembrandt or Bacon, and even more in front of Artaud's drawings. "He always haunted me".
"I like the muscles, the blood circulation, the underside of the skin... Identity is DNA, invisible, inner. My portraits are more related to the deep being of an individual, beyond appearances. In the face, I prefer his imprint. I thus avoid the complacency inherent to the practice of portraiture and self-portraiture, for which I prefer to use a camera! (...) My painting like this Folfiri, my chemotherapy, flows in the features of these nauseous still lifes and in these bodies in jolts, slumped. From within things, flesh and moods swarm all over the surface and thickness, the scratches of color, the waxy, brutal and uncompromising features. A big tiredness, a bad taste in the mouth, the body is undoubtedly diminished but the painting remains very alive, question of survival".
— Didier Genty, 2017