5 minutes with Anais Coulon!
WHAT IS YOUR PATH AND WHAT WAS THE SPARK THAT LEAD YOU TO ART AND CREATION?
I've always been surrounded by artists with an artist father (music, ceramics, visual arts...), a mother who draws, a grandfather, an uncle and a brother who are all photographers... So there wasn't a real and just click, but a long way to find my voice.
WHICH MEDIUM INSPIRES YOU THE MOST AND WHY?
I don't have a favorite medium, I love to explore new media. Right now I do a lot of frescoes but I also like working on smaller supports.
WHAT ARE YOUR INFLUENCES AND INSPIRATIONS?
I come from the world of graphics, of which I believe I have maintained a certain rigor in the structuring of my images and in the creation of the shapes I use. My inspirations are many, but they come in particular from nature whose colors and vibrations I try to capture. On an artistic level, I often mention Alexander Girard, whose pluridisciplinarity and very colorful and joyful creations I appreciate. The work of my spouse - Jérôme Masi - is of course also a source of inspiration.
WHAT IS YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS?
The first step is that of the notebook, where I launch a few ideas quickly in the form of sketches. Then I go to the computer where I rework the shapes and do my color tests. Then it depends on the nature of the project, either I finish the project for print, or I take out the brushes...
HAVE YOU EVER HAD EXPERIENCE IN AN ART GALLERY?
I regularly collaborate with the Art by Friends gallery in Annecy which organizes many events (exhibitions, art tours...)
DID YOU ALREADY KNOW ABOUT REPRODUCTION (SCREEN PRINTING, RISOGRAPHY, PIGMENT PRINTING) AND MULTIPLES?
I have mastered many printing techniques and I regularly use screen printing or inkjet printing to reproduce my illustrations. Some time ago I had the pleasure of discovering risography - which I knew about but had never used. It was a revelation! Rendering really brings out my illustrations. So I regularly make Riso prints that I work especially for this technique.
WHICH WORK OF ART WOULD YOU CHOOSE TO ACCOMPANY YOU THROUGHOUT YOUR LIFE?
Pfff... it's very difficult to choose, but maybe it's a painting by Mirò.
Joan Miró Femmes et oiseau dans la nuit, May 5, 1947 New York, Calder Foundation
WHICH EXHIBITION, ARTIST OR WORK OF ART MOVED YOU THE MOST?
When I was a student, I was lucky enough to see the «Sensation» exhibition in Berlin, with, among others, cut-out animals by Damien Hirst, hyper-realistic sculptures by Ron Mueck, very disturbing installations by Jake and Dinos Chapman… In short, a huge slap!
A PLACE THAT INSPIRES YOU?
I am lucky to live in an exceptional place between lake and mountains. I also love the ocean. They are very relaxing places that allow you to catch your breath.
WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE COLOUR?
I love all colours! I love working their association, mixing them and finding new combinations…
A MUSIC THAT TRANSPORTS YOU?
I listen to a lot of music, but it would be hard to pick one…it depends on the time of day and my mood.
AN ESSENTIAL BOOK FOR YOUR LIBRARY?
I recently read "Primo di cordata" by Roger Frison-Roche. This book transported me... I am passionate about mountain and adventure stories - there is also a very personal dimension because my grandfather read passages to me when we were children.
A FILM THAT MARKED YOU?
I have long been traumatized by «Teeth of the Sea» which I saw too young! I was able to overcome this fear thanks to diving and my attraction to the seabed.
A CHILDHOOD MEMORY?
Les vacances en bord de mer with mes grands-parents.
WHAT IS YOUR MANTRA?
WHAT IS YOUR TYPICAL DAY LIKE?
I take my daughter to school in the morning, sometimes a coffee with friends, then ride my bike to the workshop. The days are very busy and go by very quickly and the projects I work on are very varied, so I'm not bored!
WHAT IS THE ROLE OF GARANCE & MARION IN THE EVOLUTION OF YOUR CAREER AS AN ARTIST?
Garance & Marion allowed me to have my first Italian exhibition! I hope to be able to continue this collaboration on other topics.
The work "Aqua e fog" by Anais Coulon, 80€
WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE PROJECTS?
I have a fresco project in September and intend to take up ceramics a little more seriously in the coming months...
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