RACHEL BERGERET, born in 1975, trained in plastic arts and began her professional life as a stylist. Passionate, she worked for 12 years during which she realized many collections in corsetry, wedding dresses, evening dresses and more particularly excelled in embroidery. She eventually took over the creative direction in India where she went every season for the collections.
But Rachel has a secret garden, since all these years she devotes her free time to painting and exploring materials as she does in fashion design. In 2003 she launched her first exhibition but it was only in 2009, after 4 years of research, that "the midinette" appeared for the first time, a character with a proven femininity from the 1930s. She crystallizes her work and her passion around this character and naturally adds embroidery and collage of everyday objects to create her "pictorial signature". In 2011, she chooses painting as her only professional activity and approaches different artistic techniques, including drawing, acrylic painting and watercolor.
From her travels in India she will keep her explosive colors, her playful temperament and her taste for burlesque, resulting in exhibitions full of joie de vivre, aesthetics and know-how but let's not be mistaken behind these aesthetic works there is a commitment.
Rachel addresses the place of women in society and treats the subjects with humor and derision with a great concern for detail. The artist engages in a double reading work, she wants to open the discussion and talk about sensitive topics but defends herself from being connoted as a feminist, she prefers to talk about paradoxes.
In 2013 she will present a real work of plastic, volume, art in which she is then a precursor. In 2019, her effects of movements and textures become clearer towards the series that she calls POP UP PAINTING, in reference to these "pop up" picture books that stand up to come to life. She soon met with unprecedented international success. Remembering her first approaches as a child making clothes for her dolls, her first dreams oscillating between styling and painting, she gives life to her "BABY DOLLS".
This series is obvious, as if everything since she was 7 years old had led her to this artistic synthesis. Telling the story of fashion, with poetry, exuberance, without any limits.
"Nothing is impossible, we are free and powerful beings" could be her guiding principle, a light that guides and inspires her in each creation.
Since then, the artist has enjoyed great success, her compositions have become richer, sometimes recalling the opulence of the great masters, while always remaining anchored in the present. Rachel takes care to restore the "paradoxes" of a generation. The gallery's words
When I discovered Rachel's work, I loved the fresh air that blew in and which is so rare at the moment. Then I travelled to the heart of these comics that I read as a child and in which the sexy and ultra-feminine heroines gave a glimpse of what the "woman of tomorrow" would be, liberated and assumed without being opposed to lightness and humor. Rachel pays tribute to fashion, she has kept her knowledge but also took risks by making the apology of luxury and femininity with recycled materials, I appreciate this counterpunch and this shift but even more the joy of life that emanates.