Alice Raymond was born in Paris area. She studied at Ecole des Beaux-Arts (painting, sculpture) and Université Arts et Lettres in Bordeaux, and Science of Language in Grenoble. She lived in Germany as a child and Sweden as an adult before moving to United States (Miami and San Francisco).
As a result of her multiple travels, she became interested in maps and how to the representation of our relation to the environment from the geographical and social point of view. She created a codified language, turning a word into a specific shape. These abstract and geometrical shapes define a new territory, like an intimate map connecting aesthetics and semantics. Raymond collects words and translates them into geometrical drawings. This method allows her to represent the same word but spelled in various languages, thus taking different shapes.
Drawing from her own travels, she observes the process of adaptation to a space. The exploration of new territories takes shape in a personal cartography, representing the impact of places and the perception of the environment from a physical, social and temporal point of view.
In this sense, she is interested in the question of the anthropocene, and search for eventual forgotten signs in the landscapes that would help a better understanding of the world, a key to the relation between physical lines and shapes defined by our language. In a methodical though playful approach, she elaborates a visual vocabulary that testifies to her utopian quest that leaves room for contemplation and builds by action.
Her research addresses issues of displacement, migration, habitat, ecology and language through codification methods. In a world dominated by computer coding and algorithms, she uses manual coding procedures to link traditional and digital perspectives. Raymond explores vernacular expressions and materials while using found supplies, industrial left over of paints, tools and building materials.
Images: Alice Raymond, Everglades Visiting Map, pencil on paper, 2013
Alice Raymond, Vocabulary from the Everglades, poster, 2014