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Laura-Celina Gasse

 

Q. Tell us about yourself and how you came to be an artist...

A. I am a Norman lady passionate about the coast and photography. The painting arrived quite naturally I think. My mother transmitted to me her love of the sea from a very young age and as soon as I was given the opportunity to transcribe it on canvas I started and have never stopped since.

 

Q. Describe your work in three words...

A. Blue, deep and pure.

 

Q. When do you make your best work?

A. I don’t know if there is a correlation between the two, but when the day comes to an end and the rays come trough the studio then I feel ready.

 

Q. What influences do traditional cultures have on your work?

A. Humility. To have the necessary perspective on what they have been able to teach us, and to transmit to us in their own way is something very strong. This allows me not to lose sight of the simplicity but the technique that must be used for each work.

 

Q. Silence or sound while creating? If sound, what?

A. Sound ! Always. It’s a mix ranging from Men I Trust to jazz through folck. But the music must not take precedence over the energy during the creation process otherwise it becomes silent.

 

Q. Artist whose career you covet?

A. Coveting is a very strong word. I would not say that I covet a situation because everyone deserves a great destiny when fate has decided. On the other hand I would say that a career made of exchange and possibility of perpetual learning is what I aspire to everyday.

  

Q. Is art therapeutic for you ?

A. More than that, art allowed me to overcome difficult trials and make them a positive source of inspiration. This is still the case today, and I think it will always be. There is so much beauty and purity to be felt, I could not do without it.

 

Q. What are you most proud of?

A. Hard question...I would say of the attention that I can bring to other people through my work, the feeling that results from it, that’s all that matters.

 

Q. What do you see yourself doing in 5 years?

A. 5 years ? It seems to me so far given the current situation ! But I would say painting of course, but I would like to develop a whole dynamic that is conscious and respectful of the environment. The colors that Normandy (in particular) can bring are magnificent and the landscapes as pure deserve to be preserved and transmitted to future generations. I hope to have the opportunity to be part of it.

 

Q. If you could travel anywhere to create for a while, where would you go?

A. Without hesitation in Claude Monet’s house, in Giverny. It has always been a dream to be able to spend, out of time, moments of escape and creation. I would stay there forever if I could.

 

Q. If you could have a drink with one artist, who would it be?

A. Alfred Sisley !... Or Henri Matisse

 

Q. What messages or emotions do you hope to convey to your audience ?

A. Softness, a feeling of escape. I do not aspire to transmit a particular emotion but a simple emotional awakening would be great.

 

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