Six questions for
Julie Puaux

Tique asks six questions to an artist about their work and inspiration.
This week: Julie Puaux.

Artist Julie Puaux
Lives in New York City

How do you describe your own art practice?

I am an architect during the day and an artist by nigh. Art introduces new ideas to explore in architecture and vice versa. I see Architecture as being a little bit of everything and Art as a vehicle to further study these unlimited topics. In architecture my thinking process can be very rational, and while set limitations help in framing a project it can also be restrictive. Art allows me to be more experimental, and it is this freedom and fluidity that reinforce the rational thinking.

Which question or theme is central in your work?

The research is my playground and allows me to enter a world of uncertainty where the unknown can be explored. The models are intended to look like a sketch, similar to a first brush stroke, to capture the beginning of a raw idea. I am interested in the process rather than a final product, where I let the object take control in order to study these unpredictable outcomes.

What was your first experience with art?

I grew up in an artistic environment where art was part of my DNA. My grandfather was an architect who built his summer house in board-formed concrete. I would stare at the concrete finish texture for hours. I would also often go to the Centre Pompidou, which still remains one of my favorite museums. This embedded artistic education becomes even more apparent when creating. The process of making is as natural as breathing and the work feels like an extension of myself.

What is your greatest source of inspiration?

Inspiration comes with experience by looking, traveling, and learning. My trip to Japan had a strong impact and changed my thinking process. In general I can be inspired by everything which is reflected in my sculptures where the topics vary tremendously and have no specific medium.

What do you need in order to create your work?

The physical world is my medium where I see the universe as my canvas. I love making sculptures because I am directly working with gravity, light and shadow. It is this direct contact that makes it exciting to me which I don’t get through drawing or when working on a 3D program.  A piece of the sculpture may fall off and something great comes out of it, or if you struggle in the making you can see it in the final result which makes it more interesting. The mistakes or imperfections are part of the process and often reconfigure the object.

What work or artist has most recently surprised you?

I recently gave birth and the work of Philippe Weisbecker made it even more special. His drawings are playful but also very controlled and meticulous.

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