LES ARTICLES DE PRESSE

sortie du livre : "push stitchery" en décembre 2011 (30 artists explore the boundaries of stitched art). chez LARK (New York), avec une interview et des photos de mes oeuvres.http://www.mrxstitch.com/2011/04/28/the-cutting-stitching-edge-introducing-push-stitchery/

ARTICLES
Some of my favorite works at the exhibition in Lille were by Cécile Jarsaillon. She is best known for her paintings (and for her involvement in the rock group Les Supremes Dindes). But, her foray into embroidery is really unique: she does open satin stitching over photos which lends an eerie quality where the simplicity of the lines in thread are underscored by the gradations of color from the photo. The link below is to several works taken from a safety manual (click on the thumbnails once there for large details). Warning: several images are graphic.
Jenny Hart (blog personnel juin 2009)

(...) Cécile jarsaillon retravaille des photos des années 50 à 70 avec du fil à repriser
marie claire idées (octobre 2014)

(...) des photographies chocs de cécile jarsaillon - scènes crues, corps dissimulés et surlignés par des points larges à même la photo
télérama (avril 2010)


Cecile Jarsaillon is an multi-faceted artist from Lille in France. She does a million different things, but I’m going to focus on her embroidery.
She takes photo images and satin stitches across them with great effect.
The subject matter of her current work revolves around images from a safety manual, and is wonderfully dark. The simplicity of the stitching is given extra effect by the changing tones of the photos underneath them; it works really well.
By stitching over these pieces, it embues them with a homespun charm that juxtaposes nicely with the content matter. At first glance, the pieces could sit quite happily in your grandma’s house. On second glance they most definitely could not.
Check out Cecile’s world at her blog. Her work is being exhibited at “Sur les Fils” which is in Lille until 22 November, and then in Sete from December to May 2010. The show also features Mr X Stitch favourites Orly Cogan, Jenny Hart and Richard Saja among others, and looks to be unmissable.
blog of mx Stitch oct 2010

French artist Cecile Jarsaillon, a well known painter, is now gaining recognition for her embroidery work. She takes photographs and, with satin thread, embroiders the image. Her chosen images range from everyday pictures of children eating lunch to more risque photos of people receiving critical care outside of ambulances, heroin users shooting up and pornography scenes.
Site : hey we made it (2011)

L'interview cigarette par Garance Hamon (nantes mai 2011)

La première fois que l'on voit vos images, on sourit et puis en y regardant de plus près, elles commencent à jeter le trouble...
C'est un peu comme le Ying et le Yang en fait. J'ai toujours tendance à vouloir mettre plusieurs niveaux, à faire des différences entre le fond et la forme. J'aime bien quand il y a des images un peu choc, un peu cachées avec deux ou trois lectures différentes et que ça soit drôle aussi, parce que c'est important d'avoir un peu d'humour dans la vie.
Tes tableaux font références à des représentations de l'histoire de l'art, à des extraits de films ou de télé. Quel est ton propre rapport à l'image et est-ce qu'il y est question de mémoire ?
En fait je ne fais pas du tout de photo, je n'y arrive pas et c'est un peu une façon de refaire celles qui sont dans ma tête. Effectivement dans mes productions, je suis partie d'un film de Fassbinder, d'images télé d'un match de catch et de vrais tableaux existants. Comme je suis autodidacte, j'ai l'impression que c'est en copiant que j'apprends le plus de choses. Après si ça peut être tordu, tant mieux... J'ai l'impression d'aborder ça comme un peintre naïf à l'africaine : je veux reproduire quelque chose et je le fais même si la technique ne suit pas... ça donne une photo un peu déglingo, réaliste, un peu naïve. Je ne le fais pas exprès, mais je crois que je suis hyper naïve. C'est pas grave, j'assume.
Tu fais partie de plusieurs groupes de musique, est-ce que tu vois des connexions avec ce que tu fais en peinture ?
Dans la musique que je fais, j'essaye aussi de mettre de l'humour même si je ne suis pas «hyper gaie», tout le temps. J'écris des textes assez noirs aussi. Il y a aussi un côté naïf et réaliste. C'est moi, en fait. Il y a un côté rock'n 'roll dans mes peintures : le côté « choc », des choses pas forcément douces, qui te perturbent un peu...
Tu as des références particulières ?
Fassbinder en cinéma. Je suis vraiment fan de Martin Parr. J'aime bien tout ce qui est années 70 quand même, au niveau de l'image.
Ton travail est constitué de séries, quelle est prochaine?
Je viens de finir une série pour un expo au Mexique, c'est des footballeurs, des Paninis, tous petits, j'en ai fait 13. C'est terrible parce que j'ai passé deux mois dessus et le résultat est tout petit. La broderie, c'est assez déprimant... Je crois que je vais continuer la série des tableaux en fil qui explique l'histoire de ce gamin dans les années 70 qui est super glauque. Mais c'est un boulot de fou parce que la grande broderie, ça prend un temps infini. Après la peinture, je voudrais y revenir. J'ai vu des portraits de curés super fins et pas finis, au musée des beaux-arts, et si je peins à nouveau, ça serait ça. J'ai aussi commencé à faire un jeu de massacre en bois, qui représente les bouc-émissaires de la société, mais là aussi c'est infernal à sculpter... Je fais aussi de la danse avec une compagnie, plus le groupe, j'arrête pas. Je ne sais pas quand est-ce que je vais faire tout ça...Avant de mourir!

interview pour le livre "push stitchery" de Jamie Chalmers (septembre 2011)

A part of the French punk rock underground scene since 1994, Cecile is a singer, songwriter, guitarist and experimental theatre actress who tours the country with shows and concerts. For the past ten years she has been a completely self-taught painter, sculptor and embroiderer. This dual identity feeds her works, and the duality of agitation and peace allows her to quietly tackle shocking issues.

1 Please describe your work
I work with images from 1970s textbooks and magazines that show shocking, powerful scenes and feature saturated colors (accidents, erotic scenes). I sew over these images with cotton thread; the original image disappears leaving only hatching and the effect gives a strange perspective, almost like 3D.

2 What was it that inspired you to become an artist?
Shocked by nature, genuinely struck by the nature of life, I share my crashes and shocks through the various mediums I work with. As a singer and rock guitarist as well, I started painting as is often the case, as a self-taught artist. I became interested in the ability to make people react. It seems essential to me to give them strong emotions, to make them laugh or cry. Speaking of Art, I cannot live without it. It is my very essence; my life.

3 How did you end up in this particular medium?
The time spent on each artwork is also an exciting challenge, the boredom, the repetition, the attention to detail and the obsession that overtakes you. Me, a great performer accustomed to the spotlights and fame! I found myself transformed into another person, and I liked it. It is the moment I tie the last knot that I like the most. The moment I know I can finally see my work in its entirety. As in childhood, when the coloring page is finally filled, I caress the image. It is soft.

4 How has your technique developed?
When I first thought of it, I tried and it worked! I then found cotton threads perfect for this work. The images I found then worked well because of the beautiful compositions and colours of the 70s. A period that I find very rich in photographic terms.

5 Have you developed any new working processes?
I concentrate to make very tight parallel stitches. It is the way that works best. It is also important to strengthen the paper because it can tear easily ... I also tried using wool for larger sizes. It is harder work, and takes longer, but the results are interesting.   

6 How has your subject matter evolved?
I'm currently looking for other themes. I am only at the beginning of my work on the embroidery, because I did more painting until now. With embroidery, I am plunged into a strange world, thanks to the incredible people I have met (‘Art Brut’ artists, prisoners) who also use the same medium with such creativity and imagination! It motivates me to explore my art even further!!!

7 What inspires you these days?
The things that interest me are shocks, sex, violence, love, laughter, absurdity, beauty and contrasts. There is enough to inspiration within our contemporary world. Every day, I want to tell something new, share my views through art.

8 What responses to you get from your work?
I find rest. I find a meaning to my life. I love to share and meet people and then, during exhibitions, it is easier to talk and share. We talk about themes, about technique and also about revolution, too...

9 What other artists inspire you?
I like folk art, outsider art (‘Art Brut’), contemporary art and religious images. and of course, Klimt, Egon Schiele, Sophie Calle, Warhol, the list is endless.

10 What do you think will be future trends for embroidery and needlecraft?
I see beautiful things in art brut. What is powerful is the dimension of time spent on each work even sewing machines. That's striking and it’s impossible to know what will happen with embroidery.
All I can hope is that we'll get more awareness of the works accomplished by men; that it won't stay a medium used by women.

11 Any tips for crafters who want to try your medium?
Strengthen the photo by sticking thicker paper behind it. Make little entry points very regularly. Choose a maximum palette of thread colors. Don’t rush, take your time.