“When I visited Château Dauzac for the first time in the Autumn of 2020, I discovered a magical place!” Anne Mondy knows that first impressions are genuine. A few months later, after decanting a while, the visual artist gave free rein to her creativity and produced a lavish collage inspired by… The Wizard of Oz. More than the children’s novel, Victor Fleming’s world-famous film left its mark on the daughter of actor Pierre Mondy. “For this piece, I wanted to create a slightly magical universe and, of course, centred on Dauzac’s characteristic yellow,” she explained. “Hence the yellow- brick road that leads up to the château, which was also a little like a road of hope in a period that was complicated for everyone. And at the château, I even encountered people worthy of characters from The Wizard of Oz!”
Every year, an artist is invited by Château Dauzac’s managing director, Laurent Fortin, and asked to create a work of art that will enhance the estate’s collection. Anne Mondy’s canvas is now hanging in a tasting room. “I’m very proud of the outcome,” said the artist who was also inspired by her mother, Annie, a fashion model and an artist in the yé-yé years, “who didn’t take herself seriously enough to showcase her talents,” in her daughter’s opinion. Perhaps that is precisely the fate Anne Mondy wanted to avoid, by becoming a full-fledged artist in 2014, after her first 20-year-long career in communications and artistic direction. “I’ve been doing collages since I was a little girl – a passion that has never left me. I created pieces for friends for years and they encouraged me to take it further. My father’s death in 2012 was a turning point. The need grew stronger and my artistic side took over. The time had come!”
Based in Bordeaux for the past five years, she founded ‘Papertorn’, in other words ‘torn paper’ an expression that reflects her creative talent as much as it encompasses her multiple activities. Anne ‘Papertorn’ Mondy exhibits, travels, organises workshops as well as events, and customises objects or places, offices or shops, a wall or simply a door, a table, or a chair… Even company seminars don’t scare her: she brings a company’s team together, around her, and takes them into her universe to pass her know-how on to them. “Like my father who was a great popular actor, recognised by the whole profession, art needs to be able to touch everyone,” says Anne Mondy whose work is easily identifiable. That’s what is called style and she has found hers.
Paintings and collages by Anne Mondy are on permanent display at the Galerie Ki (Paris 13e), Galerie Lagrange (Lège-Cap-Ferret) and in the Brasserie Bordelaise (Bordeaux).