10 Questions: Adeline de Monseignat

Tuesday, January 12, 2016
10 Questions: Adeline de Monseignat

My work is an attempt to make the inanimate trigger emotional responses. It is tactile yet distant, seductive yet disconcerting, familiar yet alien, absurd yet sensible, inanimate yet ‘alive’.

10 questions: Adeline de Monseignat
Adeline de Monseignat
 
1987
 
London
 
 
 
 
 
Who are you?
 
A human being interested in life within the inanimate.
 
When did you feel you had to be an artist?
 
I honestly don't remember ever not feeling like one.  As a child, the word ‘artist’ may seem too grand to fit what you do but in reality you already create.  The rest just follows organically and before you even know it, it is others who start calling you an artist.
 
How would you describe your art?
 
My work is an attempt to make the inanimate trigger emotional responses.  It is tactile yet distant, seductive yet disconcerting, familiar yet alien, absurd yet sensible, inanimate yet ‘alive’.
 
What do you hope to achieve with it?
 
I aim to question life, test the body we’ve been given as a complex vehicle for the soul, and explore our senses and emotions.

Which artist has made an indelible impression on you?
 
I was once walking around Beijing, feeling alienated by my surroundings until I stumbled upon Louise Bourgeois’s works – I suddenly felt at home.  Bourgeois tackled raw human emotions like no one else.
 
Who do you admire the most?
 
Mothers, starting with my own.
 
What advice would you give to your younger self?
 
More than advice, I think she needs to hear she’s loved.

Which subject would you like to know more about?
 
Forensic investigations. The way bodies retain information that can be read like maps of retraceable events is simply fascinating.
 
What is the one thing you can’t live without, besides art?
 
Trust and intimacy.
 
What do you dream of?
 
Mastering every possible material and making technique.
 
© Luke Walker
Mother In Child (2012) (vintage fur, pillow filler, glass, transit blanket - 50x19x18 cm) Courtesy of the artist and Ronchini Gallery
In The Flesh II (2015) (Cividale marble - 42 cm diameter) Courtesy of the artist and Ronchini Gallery
Dessine-Moi Un Mouton (2013) (sheepskin, hand blown glass, pillow filler, found box -  71x46x17 cm) Courtesy of the artist and Ronchini Gallery
Breathsts 2 (2012) (ink and water on watercolour hot-pressed paper - 67x101.5 cm) Courtesy of the artist and Ronchini Gallery

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