Meeting with Sonia Bonnamour, Interview by Caroline Rochewsky.
Why did you decide to make trompe-l'oeil?
By passion, having started with sculpture (at the Beaux-Arts in Lyon, Carrara in Italy etc.), I have always had a great attraction for the material. Trompe l'oeil deceives the gaze by giving the appearance of reality. This Art has always attracted me by the technical rigor it requires as well as by its freedom of expression. The trompe l'oeil is a replica of nature, it must be perfect to deserve its name, this is why it is essential for a painter in decoration or a restorer to have a good knowledge of marbles, woods, ornaments , perspectives etc. All the elements that make up the trompe l'oeil must be done with accuracy. Our realizations are carried out in traditional technique, glazes, fine oils etc. After numerous discussions with the client, we carry out a study and a model of the project. During the realization, we become the little hands of the prescriber, we are there to make dreams and desires come true.
What are the advantages of trompe l'oeil in a decor?
The trompe l'oeil leaves a great freedom of achievements to our customers, from the most classic (restoration of old decorations) to the most crazy (creation of decorations or ambiance in its entirety). It gives a soul to a place that does not have one. It goes beyond the simple act of painting, it personalizes a space in an elegant way.
Are there special rooms to accommodate this type of visual effect?
This type of decor or visual effect can be done everywhere, there are no special pieces for this. Many castles, mansions or apartments are entirely dressed in trompe l'oeil.
What is your craziest achievement?
A reproduction of a Persian carpet on the ceiling for a construction site in Morocco.More info on: www.sonia-bonnamour.com