THIS MONTH REDMILK MEETS THE AMERICAN ARTIST PHILIPPA PRICE. A CREATIVE NOTE IN THE FASHION SYSTEM FOR HER COLLABORATION WITH THE BRAND STELLA MCCARTNEY AND IN THE WORLD OF MUSIC WITH RIHANNA, ALICIA KEYS AND MANY OTHER. WITH HER CREATIONS AND A PSYCHEDELIC POINT OF VIEW SHE INTERPRETS TECHNOLOGY AND SCIENCE.
Tell us something about your artistic background.
I’ve been making art for as long as I can remember. Through high school though I thought I wanted to follow a science path, but decided my last year to go to art school. I’ve been on an intense artistic journey ever since!
What is your concept of beauty?
Strange but familiar. Symmetrical but asymmetrical. Colorful and light but eerie and dark. Empty but full. Beauty is something I feel inside but cant quite find the words to define it.
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
I have no idea! And I love that…
Tell us about your first collaboration with Stella McCartney.
It was the dream. Stella gave me full creative freedom which is honestly just a dream situation. The whole shoot was an amazing experience, very last minute, very unplanned, but in those instances I am forced to work off pure intuition which always ends up creating some of my strongest work.
How important is, in your artistic vision, the psychedelic world?
Very important. Dreams and hallucinations provide insight into our deeper psyches… into our subconscious where hidden truths are found. I think everyone should take a journey deeper into their psyche at least once in their lives.
Tell us about one of your most important sources of inspiration.
That’s hard… I find inspiration everywhere. If I had to chose one I would say hmmm… the library.
How did you become interested in multimedia art and set design?
I guess art school was where I first really started to explore all different fields of expression… fashion, film, graphic design, etc. After school I worked at an architecture firm, then I started a fashion label, I taught myself animation and video editing, started making music videos which lead me into set design / creative directing live performance. I’ve been doing some multimedia installations lately, working on fashion films, and I’m currently working on a feature! I guess I’ve never quite been one to stick to one thing… I’m constantly exploring new mediums to express myself, I always have.
When and how did your relationship with fashion begin?
My personal style has always been a means of expression for me, way back to when I was little. I guess that’s where it started. I used to have a fashion label, which was a lot of fun. Styling and costume is a huge part of all of my work, for me the body is a very important canvas. You can tell a whole story through a characters outfit.
You have worked with many A-list celebrities: tell us what you learned and an anecdote you cherish about one of these encounters between music and art.
For me the most important thing I have learned and now demand in any job I do with a musician is that I have direct communication with them. So many ideas get ruined and creativity lost when managers, or record labels etc. get in the way. I insist the communication is artist to artist (me to the musician)…this is always how my best work is made.
You have a very defined and particular aesthetic, where do you get inspiration?
I get my inspiration from everywhere… how that amalgamates into my particular aesthetic is still a mystery to me! Honestly, I often wonder where it comes from… especially with the darkness in my work. I think I have a few strange past lives.
Where does your interest in science fiction and in distortions of all kinds come from?
This is also something I am still trying to figure out. It is something that has always fascinated me and always been an integral part of my work. I had a few traumatic accidents as a kid and spent a lot of time in the hospital so I wonder if that is where it all started.
What is technology for you?
Technology is something I explore for inspiration but also something I look to as a constant source of new materials and mediums to work with.
In your creations, what is the vision you want to convey to the viewer?
I hope it pushes viewers to look for truths beyond the surface. Not just in my work but in everything.
(Photos courtesy of the artist)