LOUIS BARTHELEMY

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

LB: My artwork is a meeting between two cultures, a dialogue between an ancestral craft and my evocative imaginary. It’s a celebration of craft and pleasure.

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

LB: I draw my inspiration from my travels, the ancient world, love stories and intimate reflections.

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

LB: It’s very intuitive and spontaneous. I continuously collect documentation, photographs, fabric swatches. These references can sometimes inspire a sketch that I will draw and develop into a finalized maquette in life scale, then developed into a physical object made in collaboration with an artisan.

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

LB: Appreciate the dialogue between a time consuming ancient craft, the artisan and myself. Understand the meaning of the initiative, this juxtaposition of distinctive entities yet seeking harmony together.

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

LB: My lifestyle has no routine. I let myself get carried away by the projects I lead in regions of the world that I am attracted to. I guess I am open to the unknown and the surprise. 

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?

LB: Over the years I have established a personal taste and sensitivity that are embedded in me. Under impulsive circumstances, I am sure I am somehow guided by a thread that sets a cohesive direction across the different projects I develop.

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

LB: To follow our intuition and gut feeling.

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

LB: Absolutely, a singular identity is crucial and needs to be nurtured throughout the life of an artist in order to deliver sensitive and meaningful work.

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

LB: To believe in myself intimately without seeking validation. 

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

LB: The freedom of engaging in projects I define and explore along the way, always seeking personal satisfaction before anything else.

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

LB: I am admirative of the work and career of Egyptian architect and artist Ramses Wissa Wassef. I love how he never confined himself to one medium, from building plans to pottery and tapestry, he has been open to a wide spectrum of disciplines. Foremost, I admire his ability to conjugate creativity and social cohesion. The project of his Art Centre providing training and creative freedom to deprived children of Gizeh in Egypt, and create a community of talents at a time where there was no platform for young artists is truly inspiring.

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

LB: Precious and practical, especially when it comes to communication. Internet and social media today provide an incredible platform of visibility for artists. Creating is one dimension of an artist’s life, sharing a vision, being heard and acknowledged is a reward that technology facilitates through these platforms.

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

LB: It has certainly allowed me to think outside an alienating frame and meet my inner self.

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

LB: Traveling has become an inherent part of my lifestyle. I love it. I don’t have a favorite city or country. However, I can say I have a fascination for Egypt, it’s heritage, it’s people and its old soul. 

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

LB: Currently reading Jean Cocteau’s diary in the Middle East, a book called “Maleesh” I adore his sensual, dreamlike and heterogeneous imaginary. 

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

LB: I don’t have immediate or future goals to reach, it’s a journey that I am exploring day by day. Doing my best to avoid projecting, and instead appreciate the present moment.

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

LB: An artist questions and invites others to reflect on subjects one cannot see. Through his artwork the artist allows the public to open up to the otherness and appreciate an intimate manifestation of the mind.

CH.89: What’s the last song you listened to?

LB: Le Beirut by Fairuz

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

LB: Playful and sensual.

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