She tried everything. Pénélope Bagieu is 34 but already about to release her third long story, Culottées. She portrayed 15 “different” women who braved the social pressure of their time to live the life they chose. This project came to Pénélope’s mind thanks to her passion for biographies and achieving it enabled her to free herself of a sort of monomaniac obsession. By telling these stories, the author, illustrator, director – the list is long – set herself a challenge: fitting in the small formats (3 to 6 pages for one character, no more) that was imposed by the Monde’s website blog for which these columns were made in the first place. It is a true exercise in style which has needed her to be synthetic – what she eventually succeeded in doing. Her writing is her hobby horse, and this precise cutting is a tempo to her rhythm. Piano piano, even if Pénélope works just in time: one portrait a week. Audacious, freed, funny and (often) moving, her drawings inspire us and encourage us to explore. It forces us to wonder. It is a successful beginning for the first collection. Culottées will have a next part in 2017, already available on Le Monde every Monday. It is a work on the content – but also on the form! – she does in her office in New York. She decided to move to this hyperactive city in 2015 to finish a nth book. This time, we are talking about her adventure. The novel she broadly and exclusively tells us isn’t going to stop soon. Yes, daring, that is what we said.
Credits : Constance Genarri @thesocialitefamily
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