We already met Pauline, three years ago. Now, here’s a summary of what she has been up to, and what she is just about to be up to, as well as of her outlook on artistic practice altogether. A young woman mostly fueled by the ocean, surfing and colors.
Three years have passed since your latest interview, may you review said past three years for us, what have you been doing?
LIFE, COLORS, LIGHT. IN BETWEEN WOOD, FABRIC AND RESIN
I’ve been doing a lot of collabs, including one with Oxbow for a capsule collection back in 2013. I then worked on a line of swimsuits, board shorts, bags… Then I got to exhibit my works in several of the shops, as well as get involved with the window decoration.
Then I did some pyrography-based customization work on hand-planes with UhainaPo, trophies for the Quiksilver Foundation as well as those for the french surf championships. I took part in many events and shows, mostly board customizations.
I’ve also shown works at Bye Bye Bandit, Keep A Breast, Patagonia in Bordeaux and at my painter friend Jacques de Kerdrel’s gallery in Bretagne. I’ve also taken part in two editions of the Festival Vagabonde next to surf artists.
Nowadays, is there one specific technique you find yourself employing the most?
I’m using several techniques. Going back and forth between Posca on wood, India ink, engraving, painting and pyrography. I’ve been mosty focusing on the engraving-based techniques for a year or so, in order to gain dexterity.
It is a long process of appropriation, engraving takes meticulousness, accuracy and practice. I’ve also been trying to get better at linocutting, in order to add some vibrating depth to my drawings. The spontaneous sketches I make help, because most of those graphic effects then can be used to enhance my engravings.
I've observed that the techniques I use compliment one another, vary from one another too, making for new discoveries. People’s feedback is also very uplifting. More often than not, the criticism help me fine-tune my work, thus me paying particular attention to it, for it makes me grow.
« Having a second hand in the vicinity always proves to come in handy whenever the first one gets tired!"
"C’est toujours utile d’avoir une deuxième main pas loin quand l’autre est fatiguée !"
Your recent paintings have been showing less motion, does that have any relationship with what you’re going through in life nowadays?
BREATHE, LOOK, LISTEN, CREATE
I’m way into contemplation. Maybe that is what can be felt through my latest works. I’ve found that Art and Life constantly go hand in hand, and cross paths. So consequently yes, I’m convinced that there is a relationship between what you paint, and what you go through in life. Depending on your point of view, you can interpret an artist’s works and give them a meaning, guess and figure out a background story for it.
There is a continuous exchange between the artist’s thoughts and the final piece. The creator is driven by an idea that itself is what defines the starting point, then the color, the atmosphere. Most of my paintings are narrative, which has to be why a lot of people have come up to me before saying they looked like cartoon scenes.
For a while my goal for each painting was for it to feel like an instant capture of a moment, I think that can still be felt under the surface. Maybe nowadays a certain will for a fiercer form of attention gets thrown in the mix too. For the past two years I’ve been extending the durations of the creative process in between exhibitions, so that my progression margin would stretch. Maybe that can be felt in my works?
Surfing always seems to be at the center of your imagery, what did that practice bring you?
BEING MORE THAN A SURFER
To me surfing is a source of inspiration, it soothes me, the natural immersion feeds me and surfing just makes me feel alive. I try to get into the philosophy and lifestyle that naturally stem from that practice. Surfing is more than just that.
The path leading you to the atlantic coast, the materials used to shape the boards, the wood, the plants, the symbols are just as many sources of inspiration surfers bring along with them. So of course my artistic outlook just soaks that up. Making for a crazy never-ending combo only leading to more and more discoveries!
I’m also tempted to think I did leave this ocean-induced inspiration at one point - only to come back to it more fiercely - to create another different story. Whilst on my show in Bordeaux at Bye Bye Bandit, I was exhibiting my Legend series, which revolves around the idea of the representation of a tribe of half-Indian and American Indian, half-African females, without any hints in the landscape to waves, surfers, pines or palm trees.
Creating that tribe and their environment resulted in legends that uplifted me toward a new style of graphics. For that show, I also customized hatchets using Posca and pyrography.
I just realized you were left-handed, did that ever inspire anything in your pieces?
Honestly I don’t know if being a lefty ever really does change anything, besides you accidentally stain your works a lot more frequently. I’m ambidextrous to be exact, I do occasionally use my right hands for engraving and painting. It just comes in handy sometimes to have a second hand in the vicinity, whenever the first one gets tired! :)