Interview: Tiffany Offre
Luca Curci talks with Tiffany Offre during the VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 17th, in Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello, Venice.
Born in French Polynesia, she went on to live in multiple countries throughout her life, including Thailand, Malaysia, Mauritius, Australia and France. Immersed in a diverse cultural background for years, she developed a strong sense of observation and attentiveness to the surrounding world. From an early age, her natural creativity thrived when language barriers imposed an emotional toll, where she channelled it through visual art as a form of self-expression, communication and comfort. Tiffany graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture in 2013. Her growing desire to design and create led her to architectural projects based in Australia and Thailand, while retaining her passion for art by participating in exhibitions.
In 2017, she relocated to Paris, working in interior design for luxury hotels and commercial spaces internationally, enhancing her artistic skills in graphic design and illustration. She produced custom-made original designs for printed decorative elements, including artwork, wallpaper, carpet and textiles. Her work can be viewed in upscale establishments located in France, Switzerland, Spain, Ivory Coast, Mexico, China, Thailand, Mauritius, Maldives and Seychelles. She launched her personal projects in 2022, working towards exploring self-expression in different styles and formats, using her advanced technical skill set.
Luca Curci – Which artists have somehow had an influence on your work?
Tiffany Offre – I admire many different artists, including Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Gustav Klimt, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, just to name a few. These artists developed their unique styles, their work had a profound influence on modern art by challenging traditional conventions and emphasizing color, individual expression, experimentation with form, texture and brushwork, and the use of symbolism and subjectivity. They captured the effects of light and color in their works, resulting in vibrant, almost ethereal depictions. Although I do not seek to emulate their artistic styles, their work serves as encouragement to be more daring and expressive in my art practice, and I’ve adopted the philosophy of never limiting my creativity to one form of artistic expression
LC – How much has the city/country in which you grew up/born affected your work as an artist?
TO – My experience of living in multiple countries has allowed me to be attentive to the different natural settings, urban landscapes, societal norms, and cultural influences. The exposure to different environments and cultures has broadened my artistic perspective, as it has permitted me to discover unique art forms and techniques from around the world, including the fine intricate details of traditional brushwork of Southeast Asia, the strong use of vibrant and lively colours of the Mauritian culture, the bold and expressive strokes of Western and European impressionism and contemporary art, and the rich textures of Aboriginal art of Australia. These encounters have sparked my curiosity to experiment with different mediums and styles, allowing me to incorporate diverse artistic elements into my work.
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
TO – Living in Paris, France, I find myself endlessly stimulated by the city’s cultural richness. Like any artist, there are moments when my inspiration and motivation run dry, and I experience creative blocks that hinder the flow of ideas. In those moments, I have discovered an effective solution – immersing myself in cultural excursions. These outings act as a spark, reigniting my creativity, as I can recharge, fueling the rush of artistic inspiration to wash over me once more. Cultural expos and exhibitions are a cornerstone of Parisian life, and I am fortunate to have access to an endless array of these events. Whether it’s the Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay, or the endless selection of art galleries, Paris is a city that encourages exploration and fosters an environment where art, architecture, design, and fashion converge, boosting me to push the boundaries of my own creativity.
LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
TO – My greatest artistic challenge involves the internal struggle of distancing myself from an artwork and confidently pronouncing its completion. As I am often demanding of myself in regard to my work, I’m in a frequent state of evaluating and pondering whether my art has reached its peak, deserving of the spotlight and public recognition.
LC – How is your creative process?
TO – My artworks often start with initial, unrefined sketches. They allow me to embrace boldness, and creative exploration, and engage in the experimentation of various techniques. I typically lay down a base of colour to tone the surface with a warm shade, this step takes the pressure off from being confronted by an intimidating white canvas. From there, I map out the shapes and most importantly, designate the direction of the light source before adding colours. My process involves layering the surface with several coats of paint, adding depth and texture.
LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the exhibition’s theme?
TO – The theme of the VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2023 analyzed the relationship between body and space, and the hybridization between identities and cultural/physical/social/urban contexts in contemporary times. I have chosen to showcase artworks that provide an escape from the pressures of perfectionism in our ever-evolving world of urbanism, inviting us to connect with the natural world and our inner selves. As viewers engage with the artwork, they are encouraged to reflect on their own journeys and struggles. These artworks invite viewers to contemplate matters of solitude, resilience, self-discovery, and the interplay of light and darkness in our lives, ultimately challenging us to find beauty, strength, and hope in the complexities of our human experience.
LC – Can you explain something about the artworks you have in our exhibition?
TO – I have entered two artworks, one of which is entitled “Standing Alone”, it depicts a lone tree, standing tall and proud in a vast, vibrant green backdrop, unobjected and uninfluenced by others. It symbolizes strength and peace in solitude, and a reminder that personal growth and self-discovery often flourish when we have the space and time to contemplate and embrace our own identities.
“Out of the Woods”, the artwork portrays an immersive scene of dense, dark woods, embodying the feeling of being lost, it reminds us that while being lost can be frightening, it also provides the opportunity to find ourselves, and that even in the darkest of times, there is always a path, illuminated by a glimmer of light, be discovered, leading us towards hope and brighter days ahead.
LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
TO – I highly recommend collaborating with ITSLIQUID platform due to their excellent professionalism, and strong support towards all types of artists, designers and creators. I was particularly impressed by the efficient communication skills and prompt responses from experienced and helpful coordinators throughout the entire process. Overall, I am grateful for the opportunity to have collaborated with ITSLIQUID and would be delighted to collaborate again in the future.
LC – What are your suggestions about our services? Is there something more we can provide to artists?
TO – ITSLIQUID excels in uniting creators on a global scale to share their profound artistic passion. One suggestion I would like to offer is to facilitate direct engagement with art collectors, dealers and gallery representatives seeking to acquire artworks during events. It is paramount for emerging artists to be provided with the prospect of exposing their work to an audience that is looking for new talent to represent, sponsor or invest in.
LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP?
TO – I greatly admire ITSLIQUID’s dedication to creating successful events, developing and nurturing connections between international artists and the public, and offering a global platform for showcasing artworks and encouraging creative thought.