Interview: Inès Khadraoui
Luca Curci talks with Inès Khadraoui, winner of of the Honorable Mention during the ITSLIQUID International Contest – 7th edition.
Inès was born (1962) in the Parisian suburbs of France, daughter of immigrant parents. From Spanish mother, she spent part of her childhood between Cantabria (Spain) and the Paris region (France). Her first artistic education she owes it to her mother, a talented seamstress who drew embroidery patterns, inspired by nature. Inès will develop her artistic sense with her, at a very young age. Inès graduated from the ESDI Créapole higher design school in Paris. Attracted by places of creation and eager to learn all kinds of artistic techniques, she will follow projects, in fashion,
photography, illustration, graphics, digital arts. Her pencil and paint will nevertheless remain her privileged tools to express her ideas. Her art is the outcome of this period of creative frenzy of about twenty years which she needed to feed herself to bring out her own artistic vision. Her works give off a strong energy, contained in a halo of serenity. Paradoxically in her career as a designer, her art has freed herself from all technical constraints, to focus only on the expression and decoding of the energies that drive us. She abandons the figurative style and turns to abstraction. The influence of Joan Mitchell, Willem de Kooning, J.Pollock and the ‘action painting’ movement will be particularly present in this evolution. She has now engaged in an introspective work for years, promoting the connection between body, mind and sensory experimentation that her painting gives her through her gestures. Her painting is neither in the past nor in the future. She is attached to the present moment, at the time of creative act.
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Inès Khadraoui – Art is about expressing one’s vision of the world, through the mind, through one’s existence, one’s sensitivity, using an artistic process that is specific to each artist. The artwork addresses the senses, the emotions, the intellect of those who observe it. Art is not based on any established rule. The act of creation when guided by an existential intention, or a manifestation of the mind is Art. I think there is a spiritual dimension to art as Kandinsky mentioned.
LC – Which subject are you working on?
IK – My painting is part of the action painting movement, of Abstract expression. The expression of emotions conveyed by the sensations of body movement is at the center of my artistic process. The act of painting is a thoughtless, instinctual existencial moment that testifies to the living body. It is an expulsion from the body of living matter that takes on its meaning when it springs onto the canvas.
LC – Which is the role the artist plays in the society? And the contemporary art?
IK – The artist acts as a humanitarian catalyst. He places the human at the center of society, gives it back a lively existence, where the virtual has smoothed its relationships to the other, where it is no longer possible to live without being connected. Contemporary art testifies to this human disorder
in all its forms, in all its states. The artist awakens and nourishes consciences.
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
IK – My art feeds on my everyday environment, unconsciously. It can come from a track of music, an image I came across, a place, a bodily sensation, a feeling, a set of materials and colors on my palette, a simple intention, a state of mind, an irresistible desire to let my imagination speak. I often do free research on paper, letting my body language fully express itself before launching into a new large format work. I work on instinct: body and mind are one. It is ultimately the impulse, the desire for creation that is at the origin of the work.The act of painting unconsciously stimulates inspiration through the energies, the emotions it provides, during the artwork progress.
LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
IK – The artist nowadays has the chance for the majority of us to express his art freely, without having to justify his thought or his vision. There is no longer a single reference of what is or should be an artist. The artist is above all a sensitive human being endowed with an ability to express himself and to transmit his inner vision. He tends more and more to have a close relationship with his audience and to share his intimacy. Today’s artists are much more accessible to the public.
LC – Do visitors’ suggestions enrich yourself and your art?
IK – I have had very few suggestions from my visitors. The fact that they have preferences on some of my works does not influence my art.Integrity is the hardest thing for an artist to maintain because it can be influenced by many things that are not necessarily relevant to his or her evolution. Sharing and exchanging with my visitors about their perceptions of my art is always a personal enrichment that unconsciously nourishes my artistic development.