Tique | art paper asks six questions to an artist about their work and inspiration.
This week: Valentin Fougeray.
Lives in Paris, France
How do you describe your own art practice?
I would say that I have a rather plastic approach based on experimentation. I play with visual contingencies, flaws that twist an object from its shape. I blur tracks, in illustrating the ambiguity of space, time and reality. And I try to offer a new perspective, a different reading or a different discourse through my photos.
What was your first experience with art?
I grew up in the countryside, in a small town and in a family context where art and culture were not very present. I think i discovered art by reading magazines in the only bookstore in the city. I would say that my first experience with art came from there.
I often bought magazines and I used to cover all my bedroom walls with images that I had found inside and that had a direct link with artistic practices. I really feel that what I’m doing today is largely due to the fascination I had in flipping through these magazines.
What is your greatest source of inspiration?
Of course, I am inspired by the artistic flows that surround me like music, painting, sculpture … But I would say my motivation is mainly driven by singular things discovered thanks to my natural curiosity.
I am very observant person, always looking at the architecture of the city, the shops, the
ads, the colors, the shapes, the people, the sounds… and I store a lot of mental images and thoughts, whether they are conscious or unconscious.
Then these “images” turn into ideas, then into desires especially when I am in my zone (in she shower, riding my motorbike, going to bed…) that my photographic projects are born.
What do you need in order to create your work?
I need time, to let feelings and thoughts emerge. I need a moment of freedom without other urgent things to do (like paperwork; the worst). I love working with a lot of materials, objects, textures… to experiment with as much as possible. I can spend a whole day creating a single picture. And I need space to explore my creations, to turn around, to change the perspectives, to frame it differently…
And for all that, music is my best companion.
What are you working on at the moment?
At the moment I have several commercial projects that should come out soon, but I can not give the names yet. I’m also organising a personal fashion-oriented shoot. I will produce it and realise all the artistic direction.
I have written a very short film (around 4 minutes), which I would like to make this year or next year, but I still have some steps to take before I can start filming.
I discovered the work of Camille Henrot by going to see her exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo this winter. I really liked it! Especially because she uses a multitude of artistic mediums (painting, video, sculpture …). In addition to being interested by her works and the message they convey, I felt a great freedom of creation in her art. It inspires me a lot. Kudos for her installation The Pale Fox and the video Grosse Fatigue.