Tique | art paper asks six questions to an artist about their work and inspiration.
This week: Léa Belooussovitch.
Lives in Brussels, Belgium
How do you describe your own art practice?
I’m working on the relationship that we have to the images, by the bound between violence and imagery, through societal questions or facts, events. I’m working mostly with drawing, photography, video.
Which question or theme is central in your work?
I think there is always an interest in the human being at the beginning of each work. Through topics that deal with violence or justice, as in the recent projects “Perp Walk” or “Facepalm”, it’s the human feeling that is at the center, and especially the relationship between photography and the feeling of shame. In my drawings on felt, the images used as source are always photographs where the human is vulnerable, in a situation of suffering. Scenes of wars, attacks, rescues, emotional hugs … so many images where emotion is put on the first place in the media to document certain events.
What was your first experience with art?
Since I was a little girl I was taking art classes so I guess many experiences happened there during practicing and learning some techniques. I also had a transcending experience when I saw the painting “La jeune fille à la perle” of Vermeer in The Hague, Nederlands, when I was young. I stayed at least one hour in front of the portrait and cannot explain why.
What is your greatest source of inspiration?
Ideas can come by different ways … sometimes it’s by doing research on topics that interest me, or by reading the press, news, seeing a movie, an exhibition … and sometimes it can also come from a material : a fabric that I find in a shop, a paper that gives me an idea, a technique …
What do you need in order to create your work?
I need a first time period of researches, reading, documentation, in witch I often don’t draw at all. After that when the ideas came, I’m going into a second time period of production, drawing, making the artwork at my studio. I need silence, loneliness. After the pieces are existing, there is the last time period where you have to show them to the public.
What work or artist has most recently surprised you?
Harold Ancart at Clearing, Brussels.