Hello Stella, first of all, tell us something about your upcoming work. What are you into at the moment?
For now I am getting prepared to work on a subject I only did once because I find it very hard and touchy: Portraits. It is so easy to waist a drawing because of very teeny proportions or expressions you missed!! It’s disappointing for the represented person, and it’s hugely frustrating for you. I think that realizing a perfect portrait is almost impossible, and I’m not very good at accepting failure in my life, so it’s a big challenge for me. Moreover, you technically don’t have the right to use a person’s image if he/she didn’t gave you an authorization (that’s why I’ve always drawn animals or myself). So I will start with the portrait of beloved persons, if they accept to take the risk.
How has your work evolved over the years from when you were beginning?
As far as I can remember, the first drawings I made was copying characters from my Disney’s colouring books, but these are the latest memories I have about character design…I think that the practice of contemporary dance influenced me a lot and gave me the taste of representing bodies and anatomies. I use to draw unisex bodies in every possible and impossible positions I could. When I began my studies in Troyes, what I preferred, was representing pun on words using typography and illustrations, and when I didn’t know what to draw, I use to realize not very flattering self-portraits because it was more easy to find a mirror than a model…Then I started to work, and probably, to feel less free. I tried to keep the same rythm you can have when you are studying, without stress or restrictions, but it didn’t last long and I finally almost stopped drawing until I began the “T^tes de B^tes” collection. It started with the “Ien”. I wanted to make a logotype based on a pun on word: A girl that comes from Troyes is called a Troyenne, and in french, Troyenne is like “3 hyènes” (hyena). So I drew 3 hyenas heads and the “Ien” is one of them. Then came the “Chimp” and the others came slowly but naturally and regularly. This step gave me for the 1st time something like a method in my work and until now I am still looking forward to keep this energy.
Who’s the first painter/illustrator that comes to your mind in a second?
The artist I have always admired since I started studying is a french artist: Ernest Pignon-Ernest. His work is for me between wonderful classic drawing techniques and street art. He realises very realistic drawings of social or biblical scenes that he sticks on walls in different citys. The double reading is very interesting but what i am the most sensitive about is the technicity and the quality of his drawings. What he does is exactly what I would have wanted to do at the time I discovered him, which was also the time I was discovering what is a creative reflexion. So in my mind, his name is forever linked with the idea of artistic approach.
What’s the place or what do you do when you feel you’re thinking in a bright way?
I take my notebook or open a PowerPoint file (depends on where I am) and I right down the ideas. I don’t do so much sketches or roughs. My notes are mostly schemas with key words.
Something you’ve always wanted to do, but have yet to.
Go to Melbourne! Thanks to my aunt who have been living there for almost 15 years, I came and visited Queensland, Brisbane, Sydney and the bush few years ago. I was an amazing trip but we couldn’t see Melbourne. This city has a terrific reputation among my friends and in France in general. If you invite me…
Something you want the world to know about you.
My Dad. He is a naturally non conformist person and he is often right.
Something that annoys or frustrates you about people.
People who are convinced that they will find and get their own happinness by themselves, only with willpower, without any help, luck or faith of anything… It is very frustrating because I would like them to know they are wrong.
Your idea about social networks.
Andy Wharol was right, we all want to get at least 15min of fame.
What’s overrated/underrated today?
The power of ego/ The power of faith.