HER BIO ON SOCIAL NETWORKS IS VERY SMALL: BORN IN 1993, SHE LIVES IN PARIS AND LOVES ILLUSTRATION. DISCOVER MORE READING THE EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW.
What is for you illustration?
Illustration to me is a means of visual expression. Each illustrator has their own personal language, that is read and understood. It’s the art of translating texts, emotions, thoughts, and music (anything really) into an image.
Why do you use pastel tones?
Growing up I was really influenced by Impressionism. Being in Paris and seeing their art around everywhere helps too, sort of gets stuck in your head. The colors to me made the art so dreamy and give off that hazy vibe. My favorite colors are pink and blue, the same ones I use. I suppose I just really love the contrast they create together as well as the atmosphere they provide for my illustrations. It helps catch the right emotions I’m trying to reproduce.
We can call you a romantic illustrator, what do you think about it?
I think it suits me quite well. When I was going to art school, I was quite frustrated most of the time. I had a hard time finding my own unique voice until a teacher of mine told me to “get personal”. At first, I had no idea what that meant- there was always the separation between my art and my life. I’m a pretty private person, so I’m not so good with voicing emotions in life. I grew to realize that my work could be a form of therapy- in a way. It’s my own way of expression, getting those thoughts and feelings out visually. My style and subject matter comes from my personal life, problems I had at the time- obviously love and relationships. I find it quite beautiful to be able to draw about love- something so universal and understood by everyone.
What inspires you?
I take a lot of inspiration from quite a few different things. Music, fashion, comics, movies, books… I suppose one of the biggest influences in my work is music. I’ll just be listening to a song and a couple lines from the lyrics will get stuck in my head. Imagery will just pop up, and I have to get it down on paper. I plan a lot of comics based off of simple words and lyrics from songs.
The positive and negative aspects of being a young artist.
There is a lot I could say here. It’s a fair mix between the two. I think there’s an enormous pressure on young artists to find their unique voice and be successful, especially since we live in a time where social media is so prominent. There’s a world of countless other artists and you have to think of how you will stand out. There are certain styles that are popular and trending. There’s a lot of stress to conform to what you see. I found it difficult at first with my style and current trends- nothing was really like it, but I kept going and luckily found an audience and my business grew. That being said, social media can also be a wonderful thing. I wouldn’t have gotten the success that I received if it wasn’t for Instagram and Tumblr. It’s a great way to be noticed.
What are your favorite accounts on Instagram?
My list could go on and on. I mostly follow tattoo artists, but give me anything that is a bit hazy and aesthetically pleasing with nice pastels I would follow. To name a few- @milesaldridge, @brokenfingaz, @_disinhibition, @anotherfilthymagazine, @tanya_dsm and @oozy_tattoo
Which is your relation with fashion?
I’ve always been very interested in fashion, it’s part of the reason why I first came to Paris. Living here in Paris makes it quite accessible, and its always breathtaking to see exhibits of the likes of Dior, Azzedine Alaia, Yves Saint Laurent …etc. Fashion is a form of art in itself- the clothing can be just as beautiful as a painting. I’ve always been quite drawn to the folds, textures, and lines of a garment- it’s quite pleasing to draw. It’s been a dream of mine to illustrate for different brands, and hopefully in the future I’ll be able to do more of that.
If I could represent your artistic vision with a song what would it be?
Hmmm, this one is hard. I think it varies a lot of time, I have more of a collection of songs that could some it up:
“Fire” – VHS Collection
“Me, Liquor, and God” – Night Beds
“Postcards from 1952” – Explosions in the Sky
“Doria” – Ólafur Arnalds
“Ready 2 Wear” – Geographer
“Ten Headed Beast” – Hundreds (Christian Löffler remix)
“Down On You” – Dems (Hannes Fischer remix)
What message do you hope to convey through your work?
I think above all, I like the idea of being able to provide a voice for the LGBT+ community, especially queer women. The lack of representation has always been a bit disappointing for me, and if there is most of the time it is unsuccessfully portrayed. To convey the message to other LGBT+ people that our love is equal and normalized is very important to me. I’m really happy my work has been reaching a larger audience for that reason, and so far I’ve gotten quite a lot of positive feedback because of it too.
What represent for you women and tell us why do you often focus your work on them?
My work most of the time comes from my own personal experiences, interests and emotions. As I said earlier, as a queer woman I wanted to provide representation to my community- so of course I find myself drawing about love between two women. It’s a reflection on my life, a means to get out my inner thoughts and feelings and it just so happens that I am sharing it with the world. That being said, I am also a female artist. In my work I want to create things that are from a female gaze. I like the idea of creating sensual things that aren’t necessarily sexually explicit. Most of the time in the media, the depiction of a lesbian couple is overly sexualized and exploited. I just wanted to get away from that and show people how I feel a relationship between two women really is.
What is sexuality for you?
Sexuality to me is quite complex. As a woman I find it’s something to embrace, something that should be talked about. Most of the time due to the media the idea of it is quite a confusing thing in society. On one hand it is saturated and fetishized, and on the other it is feared and hated. For a woman, sexuality is an incredibly empowering thing but because of most cultures it repressed and feared. It’s another driving force in my work, because it is so valuable in a woman’s life and I would love to carry on that message.
Tell us about your childhood dream.
I had a lot of childhood dreams but the most prominent was being an illustrator. Since I was 4 years old I always knew I wanted to be an artist. I would hole myself up in my family’s laundry room where I would be alone watching cartoons and drawing comics. I never strayed from this desire, drawing every day and practicing. I will always be grateful I was so confident, and actually had the luck to pursue it and be successful.
Photos courtesy of the artist