Beatrix (Bix) Fife


-That is your country.

I am 17 years old. There is the country I am living in now, and there is another country, my country.

-You are going to live there so you can get to know it, because you are from that country. Your grand- parents and I, and therefore you too, you come from there. Your country is your roots.

-Yes of course, I answer.


Because I have never lived there and don’t know it well, I must at least discover it and get to know the people. I tell my friends that I am soon going to leave. They are sad, but know it already, because I have told them many times. We are going to discover the west coast of it together, just after we finish school. It is so cool that they want to do that with me. I feel happy. My life is going to be interesting and new.


I already speak the language of my country. It is because I have been speaking it at home all these years, since I was born. I also speak my grand-parents’ languages, my parents’ languages, my school and my friends’ languages. There are so many ways of speaking we all use everyday. The languages link me to the people around me. I love them, I hold them tight like if I was walking on a narrow suspension bridge.

Having moved many times before, I know how important they are.


After the school-end exams, I travel with my friends around in my country. We have a great time.

And when my friends go back, I am alone.

It will be ok, I think.

A painting I did long ago before coming to where I live in now.Oil and crayon on paper  27 x 20 cm




Beatrix (Bix) Fife
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Born in Stockholm, Bix grew up in Rome in a Norwegian, British and Italian family, speaking 3 languages. At the age of 7, her family moved to Paris, where she completed her secondary studies in French schools and also learned to play the classical flute.

While studying at university and management school in Oslo she also started to paint and to do theatre. She was a trainee for 6 months in NYC at the New Dramatists’ studio. She then studied art in Oslo and at the Fine Arts Academy of Budapest. In 1990 she won a prize in an art competition in Austria, giving her the opportunity to come to Japan. In Kyoto, she studied Japanese calligraphy and worked with performance art between 1995 and 1999, with philosopher Michael Lazarin and musician Mamoru Katagiri (Marki) and played music for dance companies in the Kansai area from 1997 to 1999. She moved to Brussels in 1999 continuing to paint, to exhibit works and to give concerts. As well as learning to play jazz at the Music Academy of Brussels, she played in the Bix Medard electropop group and founded the Brussels Language Activities, school of language and culture. She received a Master’s degree in Sciences du Langage at the University of Franche-Comté in Besançon, in 2008.

After moving back to Tokyo in 2010 she started Bix&Marki, a musical duo of original French songs. Bix is a painter, a singer, a musician and a linguist. She sings, plays the flute and writes the lyrics of all the Bix&Marki songs. While working on her music and painting, Bix teaches French at universities, specializing in role-play and language through art and personal expression.