Interviews | July 12, 2022 |

Image courtesy of Clarisse Lamotte

Interview: Clarisse Lamotte
Luca Curci
talks with Clarisse Lamotte during VISIONS, third appointment of ANIMA MUNDI 2022, at Palazzo Bembo.

Clarisse Lamotte is a French painter who lives and works in Décines, near Lyon. Born in 1983, she quickly showed an interest in art and joined a drawing class as a child. After this classical training in a studio following the tradition of the Lyon masters, she began her career as an artist and teacher. In 2014, Clarisse Lamotte graduated with a PhD in Plastic Arts and Art Sciences. To this day, she continues her artistic research and takes part in different exhibitions. She defends the primordial place of drawing and painting, and the taste for transgenerational transmission. Clarisse Lamotte’s artistic approach is based on a figurative practice that draws its inspiration from nature. She likes to show the force of life and the presence of the world, the poetry of the small and simple things. Her paintings reveal the emotion that flows from face to landscape, from sky to earth, and from eye to hand.

Image courtesy of Clarisse Lamotte

Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Clarisse Lamotte –
It is a grace. The world needs to take a step back and Art is a doorway to this transcendence. I see the creative process as a breath; it is no coincidence that it is called “inspiration”. The artist feels the world. They breathe the world in, transform it with their inner self and then give it back where it will take a new form like lungs transforming the air before oxygenating someone else. It is a never-ending transmission, each time unique, carried out by the singularity of the person humbly aware of being only a link in a chain connecting heaven and earth.

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LC – How did you get to your current artistic practice?
– My desire to bear witness to the beauty of the world goes along with a search for balance and rhythm. My works have gradually become simpler, and purer, seeking to reach the essential more directly. White colour then blended itself more and more in my paintings, not to signify “emptiness” but to leave space for something else; more light, more space for the spectator’s eye perhaps. It is a “full” white, highlighting the figure represented.

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LC – Which is the role the artist plays in society? And contemporary art?
CL –
The artist is the reflection of society. Like light passing through a prism, reflections are multiple. Some artists denounce, some disturb, others help and comfort… It is sure that art is always new and questioning. It is not satisfied with what is, it seeks another dimension to humanity. It is very often prophetic and in advance of the march of time, which leads society to consider multiple perspectives about itself.

CL – Where do you find your inspiration?
LC –
I work from and in nature. I like the presence of what I draw or paint as well as letting myself be moved by the grace of the present moment to convey it as much as possible. I like to magnify simple things and think my works as pictorial poems.

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LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
CL –
As I work from nature, using very little photographic media, I am subject to the boundaries of nature: seasons, brightness… I would not say that it is a difficulty but rather a necessity. I also have to find the balance I mentioned earlier, which creates the sensation – I would even say the emotion – that everything is in its right place in a suspended time.

Image courtesy of Clarisse Lamotte

LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the exhibition’s theme?
CL –
My floral icons enhance nature by highlighting the beauty of their creation. The flower becomes almost a character which, by its form, its colors, and its vital energy, questions the spectator. The flowers remind us of the connection of the human being to its source of creation. They embody the ephemeral and the energy transmitted by everything in the universe. Behind them, a golden disk directly refers to the classical icons thus mirroring the spiritual dimension of this world on which everyone projects their own vision. Like a halo, it adds a sacred dimension to the subject and invites the viewer to raise his consciousness of his place in the world in relation to all the other elements that constitute it. Similarly, the golden acrylic allows for a brightness that slightly reflects the surroundings and possibly the viewer looking at it. Like a mirror whose opacity recalls the divine mystery, the disc reflects the mystery of human life.

Image courtesy of Clarisse Lamotte

LC – What do you think about the concept of this exhibition? How did it inspire you?
CL –
When I became aware of the general title of the exhibition “anima mundi” and its different variations, I felt a call. This theme is at the centre of my reflection as an artist but also as a person. I was very moved and very happy that it was the object of such a thrill. It is so beautiful and enriching to observe, feel, to question the different layers of this world. Going beyond the visible, in a sensitive connection to the energies that run through it, allows us to open up to so many unexplored parts of ourselves and constantly raises the question of our identity and our nature.

Image courtesy of Clarisse Lamotte

LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
CL –
Of course. It is important for artists to gain visibility and Itsliquid group allows it in a very large way. I would like to thank the structure for highlighting so many different artists and styles. The eclecticism of the proposals gives the same chances to everyone and opens the minds to any form of art and to the multiplicity of its forms.

LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP?
CL –
This represents a great opportunity for artists and spectators to have access to a structure offering many things and giving everyone the possibility to express oneself. Every artist is considered, without prejudice. Itsliquid group works for equal opportunities and spreads this message.

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