Fabienne Jousse

Work on paper

Biography and career

Fabienne Jousse


I’m drawing with ink. My approach is minimalist. The line, the point, a color, mostly black.Drawings are part of series. Inspired by science and nature, the world at all scales and in all its dimensions. In full awareness of being part of a whole.
I establish a protocol for each drawing, instructions based on repetition. This way of proceeding allows me to let myself be guided and fail when my gesture finds its own rhythm. As the line progresses, I arrive at the junction point between control and letting go. Each time, the same ritual. I practice the repetition of a simple and precise gesture.
I draw a line, black, freehand, on white paper. And I start again, almost the same, closer. Each curve, trembling, guides me to another line. Drawing becomes choreographed gesture, over each second it fixes me in the moment and invites me to see how the material comes alive. I turn around the line until it becomes motion. Undulations and rhythms also invite to sensations of nature, because it is of it in the bottom that it is, literally as well as figuratively.


The abstraction of the lines, the absence of horizon, perspective, or even meaning to the image, invites the viewer to represent his own world. Like a mantra, a meditation, a serene trance, between nature and interiority, a story of the intimate takes shape and exposes itself.