Carole Urban was born in 1990 in the North-East of France. She studied visual arts at ESAA art school in Bordeaux, where she still lives and works. Her artistical practice spreads through several media such as textile, painting and photography.
Her researches are questioning the hypnotic effect of colors, the way they reveal themselves to the eye, change with the light, create an atmosphere. She looks at their way to discuss with one another and influence each other. Contemplation and sensitivity are the beginning of her delicate artworks, close to poetry as they play a rhythm and seek harmony.
Q. Tell us about yourself and how you came to be an artist...
A. I always have been enthralled by colors and loved to invent all kind of things I could make by hand. Growing up, I have been more and more attracted to art itself, starting out with photography, then painting and textile art. I cannot imagine living without it as it has become one of the foundations of the way I live.
Q. Describe your work in three words...
A. Organic, color-related and delicate.
Q. When do you make your best work?
A. Even though there is no magic formula to know in advance if this is «the day», there are still clues not to minimize. I need to be super focused and dedicated when I paint, which is almost impossible if I’m feeling blue, for example. Another important thing to consider is the work behind the pieces, the research it takes, the experimenting process. All these steps lead to a better understanding of yourself as an artist, of your technique and what you wish to accomplish, so the practice makes it better.
Q. What influences do traditional cultures have on your work?
A. My work is based on rhythms created from colors and textures, it can be put in touch with patterns.
Q. Silence or sound while creating? If sound, what?
A. I sometimes listen to music while painting but most of the time, I like to hear the birds singing or the rain falling.
Q. Artist whose career you covet?
A. I’m not looking to follow existing roads as they are those of the artists who built them, but to create my own. I can however say that I admire the evolution of the works of many artists as Edgar Degas, Sonia Delaunay or Edward Hopper.
Q. Is art making therapeutic for you?
A. I wouldn’t say therapeutic as I’m not doing it to heal something but it is for sure a work that needs introspection. And while I paint, I am seeking something without knowing what it is, I have to be completely focused which leads to moments of not being surrounded by a thousand thoughts about life so I guess it is good for the mind.
Q. What are you most proud of?
A. My partner and I are both artists and what makes me the proudest is that we both follow our dreams.
Q. What do you see yourself doing in 5 years?
A. I will keep painting for sure and I will explore textile more. I’m very concerned about fast fashion and how it affects the environment. I’m starting to work on a project between art and fashion to raise awareness among these issues.
Q. If you could travel anywhere to create for a while, where would you go?
A. I don’t have a specific destination in mind but it should be somewhere I can be surrounded by nature and natural light as these are my must-haves to paint. I like to contemplate leaves in the wind, streams running along rocks or clouds taking a stroll so I guess there are plenty of options.
Q. If you could have a drink with one artist, who would it be?
A. It would be Helen Frankenthaler, I would love to know her state of mind being such a strong and innovative woman painter.
Q. What messages or emotions do you hope to convey to your audience?
A. My artworks are meant to be felt. I aim for purity and harmony, and the rest of the journey depends on the viewers’ backgrounds.
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