''Self-portrait, child portrait, hotel rooms and architecture drawings, child sculpture made of reinforced concrete, warrior penguins made of plaster, colors - green, umber, raw umber, burnt sienna, Prussian blue, cereleum, ultramarine, titanium white, zinc white, pink, flesh pink. My painting is a quest for flesh pink. The pink of the skin, of the flesh. I'm obsessed with pink. Pink makes me think of cannibalism. Eating human flesh. Eating yourself. The taboo. Since I started painting, I paint self-portraits, as if it were a statement, as if I had to convince myself that I exist. Algerian, born from a construction worker father who immigrated to France, I used to admire art from afar. Painting, a supreme and sacred art to my eyes has particularly always been taboo to me. Through painting, I free myself. I free myself of my personal history and of the contemporary history of the world, which dictates that an African female artist coming from European ex-colonies must do new media, art and talk about topical issues, and above all must not express herself through painting. Drawing is my foundation, painting is my main field, sculpture is its natural extension.''
Dalila Dalléas Bouzar