Monographie (exemplaire de tête), 2014
Textes de Nancy Huston, François Michaud, Pascal Neveux, Valérie Pugin, Paul Ripoche et René-Jacques Mayer
Whilst the reader will recognise the fundamental dramatic framework running through Françoise Pétrovitch's oeuvre, where the ambiguities of childhood serve to illustrate her vision of humanity, its relationship to the world and its changing nature, this publication also explores new and fresh pathways. Through the discovery of a recent corpus of work imbued with tremendous energy, it takes us through the evolution of an oeuvre inspired by composition, the use of overlaid images and a play on motifs. With rare virtuosity, the artist calls upon the entire history of art to inform her work
Born in Chambéry in 1964, Françoise Pétrovitch lives in Cachan and teaches at the École Estienne in Paris. Very much attached to the book format and the immediacy of drawing, she also works in ceramics and more recently in painting and video. On paper or in the form of murals: kids, dolls and animals of uncertain identity merge by capillary action. Their secrets and concerns germinate through the use of colour and their melancholy is tenderly diluted in watercolour and ink. Femininity takes on a mythic aspect and the intimate is opened up to the world. With her publication Radio Pétrovitch, the artist responds through the medium of drawing to daily news flashes. In 2014, the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Chambéry exhibited forty of her works in an important solo show.
Her work features in the collections of the MNAM - Centre Georges Pompidou, the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature in Paris, the MAC/VAL in Vitry-sur-Seine, the Leepa-Rattner Museum in Tarpon Springs (USA) and various FRACs. In 2015, the LAAC of Dunkerque curated a solo show of her works within the collection of the museum and the one of the FRAC Nord-Pas-de-Calais. She represents France in the Organic Matter - Women to watch 2015 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts de Washington D.C. (USA).
In 2016, Françoise Pétrovitch's solo show was held at the Frac PACA, the Tarascon Castle and in Arles. In 2018, two solo shows will be dedicated to her work at Keramis and at the Centre de la gravure in La Louvière (BE).