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Looks great, right? But you'd be surprised to know that it is not someone's imagination on paper but its an image of an actual dress, made out of a map.
This amazing image comes from a French artist, Elisabeth Lecourt. Elisabeth uses maps of different places and regions, cuts and folds them to create origami-like dresses.
Well, these dresses are just a small part of the art world of Elisabeth. She also draws, works on installations, paints and sculpts.
Elisabeth was born in France in 1972, she later moved to London, where she completes her MA at The Royal College of Art.
Elisabeth's artwork is mostly influenced by her upbringing in a female environment. According to her website, "In the work of Elisabeth Lecourt the feminine figure is seen like the spine of her house, like an essential component of this particular world. But the woman like structure to medular can be a contradiction, because although funge like the strong part that maintains the building, is also vulnerable and touching".
Currently, Elisabeth is busy making art and travelling the world for exhibitions. Read on to know more about Elisabeth in our exclusive interview with this amazing artist.
1. Hi Elisabeth, please introduce yourself to our readers.
Brunette, I measure 158 cm.
2. What inspired you to become an artist and were you always inclined towards art? What are the various artforms you dabble in?
I had a teacher at school who encouraged me to paint. At 14, he told my parents he would have liked to paint like me at my age, compliments like those boost confidence in a child, especially when they are from someone who has a beard and who isn't your parents. From the age of 12, I came to London for short stays in an eccentric family full of love, the son is a famous painter now, he used to take me to the Tate; once we were looking at a painting from Braque and he said that he was able do the same, in my mind I thought I could do too, I didn't really see the big deal there.
3. Your Les Robes Géographiques project is amazing, I love your robes. What was the inspiration behind this project and what technique do you employ to create these wonderful robes? Why use maps specifically?
I made my first dress out of a map from a London map that my cousin from Mexico left in my studio. I've read an article in the Times about a man who was going to jail and how awful it must have been for him, at the end of the article it was mentioned that the man had a little girl. I thought about that little girl, made her dress like I would make her portrait, I place the prison Wormwood Scrub on the bodice, where the heart is.
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4. How do you decide upon the subject for your paintings and drawings? What is it about the feminine figure that inspires you?
I paint what I like at the moment which is feeling being a woman. I grew up in a female environment, my father use to say that even the cats were female! All the women use to talk about breast, showing the legs and comparing bumps and ankles, complaining about a little toe which wasn't going straight, talking periods while waxing together in the kitchen, washing their hair in the basin wearing someone else's skirt, they were beautiful especially my mother.
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5. What prompted you to create I Hope You Win The War - installation. Is there a story behind this installation?
For "I Hope You Win The War", I always had an inclination towards the war, fascinated by the second world war. The fascination about struggling for life and survival.
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6. We know that it would be very difficult to choose, but if you were asked to select the one favourite piece of your creation, what would it be?
My favorite piece is usually the last one I made, I attached "Sous Le Soleil Tendrement", oil on canvas, 165 x 165 x 5 cm, 2012 which I love very much.
|Sous Le Soleil Tendrement|
7. If you could peek inside the studio/toolbox of any designer/artist/photographer, whose would it be and why?
I would go to Trinidad, sipping a coconut cocktail bare feet in Peter Doig's studio, listening a conversation between him and Chris Offili. I just put up a print form Doig in my lounge and it fills the room with beauty.
8. What leisure activities do you like to participate in when you are not working? What do you find most relaxing?
I like reading, eating out, going to shows, walking. At the moment I am reading "The Art of Joy" by Goliarda Sapienza, really lifts your spirit!
9. What are your future plans as an artist? Any dream project that you would absolutely love to work on?
I am looking forward to my first solo exhibition in Paris, on the 26 January, at Envie d'Art Gallery, 24 rue Threilhard, 75008. Please come along, book your eurostar tickets now, Paris is pure beauty!
10. One piece of advice that you would like to give to budding and aspiring artists?
Trust yourself, know that each down could bring a high... do just what you want to do, you will never guess what people want to see anyway, just give them what you want to see yourself.
Thank you Elisabeth for taking out the time and doing this interview with us. We'd like to wish you the very best for the future.
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