JP: I’d be embarrassed because I am pretty comfortable with the idea that it is not my job, as an artist, to comment on my artwork.
CH.89: Where do you draw your inspiration from?
JP: From almost everything. I particularly enjoy when I can show something beautiful out of very trivial things: a ceiling, a trolley, a trash can, markings on the ground, a light on some tiles….
CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about what your creative thought process is like when starting a new project/ piece of artwork?
JP: I’d rather not. No offence, but talking of “recipes” always bores me to death.
CH.89: Is there anything in particular that you would want people to take from your artwork?
JP: I am just a witness of my own time, sharing my point of view. In the end, people always see what they want or need to see, don’t they? I think it is perfect this way.
CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about your lifestyle as an artist and what that is like?
JP: I think my lifestyle is quite normal, actually. I even quit smoking two years ago….
CH.89: When starting out an artistic task, do you think it is better to have a particular direction/set plan guiding your way? Or, is it better to act on impulse and go from there?
JP: For me, it really depends on the kind of task.
CH.89: What is one major lesson you’ve learned as an artist thus far?
JP: The practice of art taught me that we don’t need to understand everything with our brain.
CH.89: Do you regard personal style & taste to be of highest importance?
JP: I wish you were talking about clothes and haircuts… that would make the answer far easier! Well… I’d say style is the key to art. If style doesn’t have a high importance for somebody, he’d better be a scientist, a philosopher — or a Google Street View car. Style tells how radically subjective an artist is, and how independent his mind can be. Style should be how an artist resolves his inner contradictions. So it’s worth taking time working on it. Even if it’s hard to break free from the desire to please everyone. I must admit that I’m still struggling with this, sometimes.
CH.89: What do you consider to be the hardest thing about being an artist?
JP: The profession is very randomly economically profitable.
CH.89: What is one thing you love about being an artist?
JP: It helps me desire things that can’t be bought in a shop.
CH.89: Is there anyone in particular, any artist’s that inspire you in any way?
JP: There were. Now I mostly look at the work of actual artists with whom I can talk to and be in some kind of relationship of equality with, which is finally far more productive than being impressed by some distant genius.
CH.89: What do you think of technology in terms of being a useful tool for artists today?
JP: Why not? Technology presents opportunities that every artist should be free to use if they are interested.
CH.89: Do you think being an artist allows you to view the world differently from those who don’t follow creative paths?
JP: I think artists usually have a more accurate and sensitive view of the world than other people. Because that’s their job, actually. But I also think that seeing the world is not the only way of truly experiencing and knowing it. In this sense, being a true artist doesn’t make you more important than somebody who is a true plumber, a true policeman or a true teacher. In short, I think artists are unique — just like everyone else.
CH.89: Do you enjoy traveling? If so, do you have a favorite city?
JP: I would prefer to teleport but traveling is the only way to see the world, so I do feel compelled to take planes and trains. I think I will continue doing so until I find a city I really love.
CH.89: Do you have a favorite author or book?
JP: I like a lot of writers but I could not say that one of them is my favourite. Arthur Rimbaud influenced me significantly when I was a teenager. Later, I met Hegel, Car G. Jung, Charles Bukowski and Michel Houellebecq, just to give a few names.
CH.89: Any future goals or plans for your artwork?
JP: I am thinking about a way to integrate more human beings into my work.
CH.89: What does being an artist mean to you?
JP: I used to say: being an artist is being attentive. Now I feel like it is not enough.
CH.89: Any last words on the aesthetic of your artwork?
JP: What do you think?
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