RBB during a sketchbook workshop in the garden of the Rivau Castle. (Photo Georges Leveque)
After years spent in regular contact with dancers, Raphaèle Bernard-Bacot (RBB) has found new inspiration in gardens and travelling. She has created a set of drawings called Fruits dansés (Fruit Dances). In 2017 she had her sketchbook published by Glénat : The Royal Vegetable Garden of Versailles, Seasons drawn in Versailles (Le Potager du Roi, dessins de saison).
She is interested by the relationship between human and nature and draws all types of gardens from allotments to remarkable gardens open to the public. She invites people through nomadics workshops to learn how to sketch on the spot and especially how to see in a different way.
Her drawings can be seen in the following galleries : La Boucherie (France), Gallery d’Hauterives (Belgium). She is represented by Artvista (USA).
But why do people speak of “nature morte” (dead nature) in French, or “still life” in English? If you pick up a plant from the ground and really look at it, from the roots to the leaves, there is nothing dead, or even still, in the forms, or the colours, there is nothing but life! As with dance.