Sandrine, potrebbe sembrare la nipotina di Basquiat, se non fosse che è nata in Francia e non a New York. Illustratrice e collagista, disegna a mano libera rimodellando e dando un calore rinnovato a immagini dedicate in gran parte all’universo della moda. Per sua stessa ammissione i volti che ritocca non vogliono essere da monito nascondendo particolari messaggi, bensì intendono comunicare una vasta gamma di emozioni utilizzando un linguaggio che si esprime attraverso segni, sporcature e frasi interrotte.
Per conoscerla meglio le abbiamo fatto un po’ di domande.
You work a lot with the world of fashion, from magazines to designers. Can you explain to us a little bit of your illustration process?
I don’t have a process in particular. All depends of the work I’m commissioned for. If I work on drawings, photo collages… My work is a mixture of raw scribbles, drawings, collages, fusing writing and photography. So, I employ all kinds of method and technics, but most of the time my starting point is by hand. I start to draw, to paint, to write, to cut out, to paste… After, to scan all this. Then I play with it in photoshop using some digital manipulation. I mix pictures, drawings… But I’m constantly searching to explore various artistic ways and technics.
«I’m trying to touch souls…» it’s something you said in a interview for Superior Digital magazine. What colour would you choose to impress a soul and why?
There is no colour in particular. It depends on the days. Any colors can touch the soul. It just depends on the moments and my state of mind. But most of the time it would be no color, just black or white! Because soul is a succession of that. The light and shadow, the day and the night … or opposite, I can choose some fluorescent colors, it’s also very powerful and it could impress a soul. Then, it all depends on how I want to touch souls!
Before stepping into “Collage” you was a photographer, I read somewhere that most of your illustrations are now based on Sophie Etchart’s photos. Are you still photographing sometimes? If yes, which are your favorites subject?
I’m still photographing but not professionally, without a team of hairdressers, makeup artists and all of that! I just take photos in the streets for myself. I photograph old walls, old torn posters, textures, all sort of things you can find in the streets or in the subway, sometimes people with cool style… anything that touch me. I use sometimes those stuff in my work and sometimes I still use some portraits that I took long time ago. But most of the time my work is based on Sophie Etchart’s photographies or pictures provided by the client.
Which are your best spot in Paris to have fun, to chill out, to go shopping?
I really love my beautiful neighborhood, Le Marais, in the center of Paris. I love those old streets, bistrots, terraces, art galleries and fashion shops… I love the “Place des Vosges”, the “Centre George Pompidou” museum… Since I was a child I liked the shop “BHV”, all of it, even if with the years has changed a lot.
Let’s talk about Icons. From who do you feel inspired in everyday work and lifetime?
They are a lot ! I feel a strong inspiration from expressionist painters, in particular Egon Schiele who molded my perception of Art. I have also a great admiration for painters like Basquiat, Bernard Buffet, Frida Kahlo…
So, my icons will be Patti Smith, Marianne Faithfull, PJ Harvey, Anna Calvi, David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Siouxsie Sioux, Michael Stipe, Ian Curtis, Tricky, Jim Morrison, Beth Gibbons, Antony Hegarty, Amy Winehouse, Michael Jackson, Lou Reed, Courtney Love, Shirley Manson, Bjork, Madonna, Serge Gainsbourg, Jane Birkin, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Lou Doillon, Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni, Lauren Bacall, Brigitte Bardot, Elvis Presley, Marlene Dietrich, Steve Mc Queen, Paul Newman, Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, Robert de Niro, Kristen Stewart, Beatrice Dalle, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Catherine Deneuve, Kate Moss and all the Peter Lindberg’s top models from the ’90, Freja Beha Erichsen, Ashley Smith, Natalia Vodianova, Vivienne Westwood, Jean Paul Gaultier, John Galliano, Alexander Mc Queen, Pedro Almodóvar…
And beyond the icons I’m influenced by artistic movements like punk movement, pop culture from the eighties, fanzines spirit, surfers and skateboarders spirit.
I’m a big fan of Pinterest, who allows me to see a lot of photos each day, it’s a great visual discovery tool and a big source of inspiration.
If you had the chance to leave in an other Era which would it be and why.
No, thanks. I choose to stay in this Era, it’s very imperfect and I hate a lot of things of it, but it’s mine. There is an expression who say «on sait ce que l’on perd pas ce qu’on trove», in english: «you know what you lose, but not what you may find».