AllieFanny1CH.89: If you were to categorize or describe the style of your artwork, what would it be and why?

FA: Figurative and focusing on the human figure but I wouldn’t say that my artwork has a specific style.

CH.89: Where do you draw your inspiration from?

FA: Mostly from everyday life and observation. I sometimes use images found on the Internet.

CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about what your creative thought process is like when starting a new project/ piece of artwork?

FA: When I start a new project I always do a lot of research about the site in which the piece/installation will be exhibited (history, context, location…) as my installations are usually site-specific.

CH.89: Is there anything in particular that you would want people to take from your artwork?

FA: I would like people to create their own story based on my artwork.

CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about your lifestyle as an artist and what that is like?

FA: I usually start and end the day teaching French (privately) and I work in my studio in between. It’s a solitary lifestyle but I enjoy it.

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?

FA: I almost always start with a specific direction, it works better for me. Even if I end up changing the direction in the middle of the process, I need to have an idea first. I have tried to work on impulse but it doesn’t work….

CH.89: What is one major lesson you’ve learned as an artist thus far?

FA: Not to have any illusions. I don’t really expect anything.

CH.89: Do you regard personal style & taste to be of highest importance?

FA: Not at all, it doesn’t matter to me.

CH.89: What do you consider to be the hardest thing about being an artist?

FA: Not to make (enough) money, not to have a “real” social status.

CH.89: What is one thing you love about being an artist?

FA: To always have the possibility to think and do exciting things, to have the feeling of creating your own path.

CH.89: Is there anyone in particular, any artist’s that inspire you in any way?

FA: A lot of women artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Carol Rama, Ghada Amer, Huma Bhabha and many more.

CH.89: What do you think of technology in terms of being a useful tool for artists today?

FA: Yes, I think technology can enlarge an artist’s vision.

CH.89: Do you think being an artist allows you to view the world differently from those who don’t follow creative paths?

FA: In my opinion it allows artists to live their life differently and to have different priorities than people who don’t follow a creative path.

CH.89: Do you enjoy traveling? If so, do you have a favorite city?

FA: Yes, I enjoy traveling, I always like to explore new cities, I recently re-discovered Barcelona.

CH.89: Do you have a favorite author or book?

FA: Murakami, Toni Morrison, Zadie Smith, Carole Martinez, Marguerite Duras….

CH.89: Any future goals or plans for your artwork?

FA: To continue to exhibit my work and try to sell it more on a regular basis.

CH.89: What does being an artist mean to you?

FA: Being an observer of the society and time we live in

CH.89: Any last words on the aesthetic of your artwork?

FA: The aesthetic of my work varies depending on the material I use which depends on the site/context in which the piece will be exhibited.


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