C.It’s surely something that drives the whole creative process, like a sensitive framework through which I explore ideas of belief, devotion and obsession. I really consider drawing as a way to access things, whatever they are. Also putting myself through a painful and obsessive process helps me develop the entire subject, like for this last work about the inner patterns of claustrophobia.
C.I find it difficult to point towards a specific influence, but I could say that lately, I’ve been very much into aboriginal art as well as mandala’s symbols and construction. I see influences more as a path with different levels, it all depends on where you start digging, there’s always a starting point that leads you to another level with a key that will help to receive the following. Actually, the real interesting thing is to look at the path it traces.
C.These specific pieces you speak of were done in collaboration with SUPER sunglasses. In these commissioned cases, I work in direct contact with their creative team. Sometimes there is a more personal and free approach with the design; in others I put my touch in a precise request their creative team has.
C.I worked for a few years as a stylist and journalist. Now as an illustrator, my main clients remain in the fashion industry. It’s certainly because I came from there that I was very reluctant to combine illustration with it, but it finally helped me to detach myself from what I was doing and understand that you either choose to hide your work for the rest of your life or you accept that this relation does not remain solely exclusive.
C.I never saw drawing in a narrative way or through a linear story. I feel extremely new in this field, and for now, I just consider the drawing as a one shot thing, a subject that I try to develop and expend for a simple personal purpose.
C.My need to draw always stayed very clumsy and repressed and I would say that working for fashion just keys it in a little harder. I had to quit to see it unblocked right after. Everything made sense and I spontaneously drew with this current style… I am still experimenting.
Interview by Roberto Salas
This was originally published in
Tunica No. 2 S/S 2013