ALIX IS A SPECIAL ARTIST BORN IN PARIS; SHE LOVES THE HUMAN BODY AND... DISCOVER MORE!
Your work acts as a sort magnifying glass on the human body in its entirety and complexity. Inescapable question: what is your personal relationship with the body and with the corporeity?
I guess it is what I am trying to find out through making the work.
What is your training path?
I am originally from Paris then went to study in London, first a BA Fine Art at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and then a Masters in Fine Art Photography at the Royal College Of Art.
Do you do today what you dreamed of doing yesterday?
I actually went to give a talk about my work yesterday at Central Saint Martins which is where I first studied when I moved to London. Tutor Tim Meara who taught me when I was there had made a student brief inspired by my practice, which seemed a bit surreal. He actually is the one who pushed me to study art, so it felt moving in some ways. I guess it is not so much that I realise my dreams but it makes me smile to think of my younger self who would have never hoped some encounters, like having my work Bleu published alongside some great artists by Morel Books for example.
What are the artistic and cultural references that have inspired you?
The ones that have stayed with me are the ones I discovered as a teenager, mostly films by David Lynch, Jean Cocteau, Alejandro Jodorowsky, David Cronenberg… The surrealists really inspired me back then as well, and while I studied I looked at a lot of feminist practices from the 70’s and 80’s. Two artists who taught me a lot and act as mentors still today are Tai Shani and Florence Thomassin.
What is the creative process that drives your work?
Experimentation and materials I would say. I really believe in content and form coming together so the subject of the work, the research around it will influence what materials I will use to make the piece. The body is at the center of my practice so my own body making the work, as much as my response to the piece when finished or the audience’s response are intertwined and valuable.
Is there an unseen aspect about your work that excites you particularly?
I really enjoy the tease when people want to interact or touch the work even if they don’t know if they are supposed to.
Which projects are you working on now?
I am currently looking at the practice of Bodybuilding.
Which art exhibitions have you seen recently?
The last ones that I really enjoyed were Laure Prouvost at Palais de Tokyo, Rodin’s collages at Musée Rodin and Ana Mendieta at Jeu de Paume.
Which ritual does not lack in your routine?
Unfortunately it is coffee and cigarettes !
What reactions among others would you like to inspire through your work?
If there is any reaction then the work is successful in some way. I try to create some kind of bodily or visceral experiences, but it is very subjective of course.
Photos courtesy of the artist
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