Ruggine, or ‘Rust’, is the title of Sandrine Mussy’s first photo exhibition, which explores the effects of time. The French-Canadian architect and photographer has recently moved to Florence and with a wealth of international experiences to draw upon, as well as talents in multiple fields, her photos certainly are eye-catching and live up to her passion for a strong and dynamic design.
Was the art world always where you wanted to end up working?
As a child, I was always studying art; at school and with my parents, since we often visited museums. Later, I attended the School of Fine Arts in Paris and I became an architect…I learnt the importance of properly looking at things around me and I then understood the possibility of interpreting something from a different point of view.
Have you always been passionate about photography?
At a young age, photography was like a game my parents played to help me engage with art. Every time we went to see some art work, I would make a photo report about it… Years have passed since then, but I’ve never stopped doing the reports!
What is the objective of this exhibition?
Through this exhibit, I wanted to show the effects of time on material objects and also show that it is possible to find beauty and poetry in everything, depending on how you look at it. I believe that, without a doubt, nature is stronger than man, but it’s a hotly debated topic.
Have your experiences in different countries influenced your art work?
I have been lucky enough to experience many visual differences having lived in many different countries: France, Canada, the United Arab Emirates…I have drawn together all these experiences, which, in turn, have helped shape the art work I produce today. What’s more, I believe my interest in the industrial world and raw materials stems from my architecture training; I have always worked in this world and feel at home in it.
Sandrine Mussy’s exhibition runs from February 13-March 1 at the Aria Art Gallery in Florence, Borgo SS Apostoli 40r, sandrinemussy.com