Capucine Safir is a French-born, Miami-based sculptor whose work is to be shown at Superfine! Miami 2017. She is a self-taught sculptor whose career as a professional artist began three years ago.
"Being a self taught sculptor is a luxury. I mean by that I am not constrained by a way of thinking or making art. However, it requires more discipline to stay focused because there is so much to explore, to discover and there is no limit when it comes to creativity," she says. "As for the technical part, the journey of an artist is made of trial and error anyway, this part is not different from someone who went to art school. Sculpture is sometimes close to chemistry, you need to learn the different curing process or the drying time of a material depending of the mass and temperature. I’d say that patience is the key here."
An undefined big change in her life led her to a new career in art and the move to Miami.
"After 4 years in Miami I see the art scene is constantly evolving and Art Basel is the major reason for that. All the art lovers and collectors are focused on Miami in December each year but it also makes the Magic City special all year long." says Safir.
In addition to reaching the ever growing number collectors and art aficionados focused on Miami Safir aims beyond South Florida. She has sold work around the world and hopes to exhibit in both Europe and Asia. Miami is a great base for achieving this goal.
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"It is commonly said that what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Well this is what happened few months after my son had been diagnosed with congenital CMV. It transformed my life in many ways and one of them was to reinvent myself,” she says. "At first, my work was really driven by my present emotions, it was also very physical. I was carving into stone. It sounds cliché but it worked as a therapy."
She says she has moved on from this shock and her inspiration is now more diverse.
"I feel my art maturing, I’m building confidence. When I look at my work from the beginning, I see the evolution of myself as an artist and as a person. It’s been 3 years now that I’m a professional artist, it’s only the beginning of a very exciting journey." says Safir.
"I made a series of 18 small scale unique pieces called Sweet, from hand carved in plaster. They look like colorful marshmallows. I didn’t show them to a lot of people yet because I want to keep the surprise for the fair but the reactions so far are very positive. I will also show three different Soul pieces ( in pictures). This series is my best seller, people always ask me for new ones.” she says
The piece, L’Evaporation des hommes, was created in 2016 but is being shown for the first time at Superfine. The work is a framed sculpture in mixed media.
"Each piece I make is hand made, hand-carved, so it is unique. This is also what my collectors love about my work." she says.
She says she did well at the fair last year and that the energy, the parties and the general affordability of pieces at Superfine made it a destination fair during Art Week. Safir hopes her work has a specific effect on people who see it at Superfine.
"Art can question, intricate, bother or soothe people. My artwork is more in the last category it is very personal, it reflects my hidden part, the one that is soft, laid-back, free and more optimistic," she says. "People feel that in my sculptures. They always refer to something smooth, calming, soothing and I love to hear that, this is exactly why I do art. I want people to feel good surrounded by my sculptures, I want them to love them, to touch them etc."