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Lola Mathé

  

Her fields of expression are rich and varied, ranging from the definition of visual concepts, image creation to iconographic research.

 

Lola Mathé is a graduate of LISAA school, the Higher Institute of Applied Arts in Paris where she trained in styling and textile design. After graduation, she started working as a freelance stylist.


For several years, she peels trends in different Parisian Trend Offices and works with textile designers. Later, she took an enriching five-month break in Quebec - Montreal - to meet new people and gain new professional experience, aware that in this environment, experience is more important than diplomas.


From the study of trends to textile design, she gradually turned to the world of art and interior design.

In 2017, Lola Mathé joins a graphic design company as a graphic designer, art consultant and art director.

Her fields of expression are rich and varied, ranging from the definition of visual concepts, image creation to iconographic research. In parallel to her profession, she spends a lot of time creating, convinced that her personal creative practice will never cease to stimulate her and awaken her to the world. Her artistic sensibility is expressed through a graphic universe imbued with simplicity.


After years of exploration through the world of textiles, fashion and its trends, Lola Mathé gives life to her personal creations by materializing her desires and emotions within an aesthetic universe where she works on the search for harmony of colours, rhythm and balance. Stimulated by the possibilities and dynamics of the world of art and design, of her travels, her passion is reflected in each of her creations.


Lola Mathé currently lives and works in Paris.


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

A. Since I was a child, I have always been very manual. I had this taste and fascination for "doing it". I collected scraps of paper, fabrics, ribbons... I always had this desire to create, to make some things with anything and everything. This taste for artistic creation never left me, it only grew. After years of exploration through textile, fashion and its Trends, I turned to personal creation with my desires and my emotions in an aesthetic universe where I work on the search for harmony of colors, rhythm and balance. Stimulated by the possibilities and dynamics of the world of art and design, of my travels, my passion is reflected in each of my creations. I like to combine different techniques, materials and themes, working with figurative, realistic and abstract images. I think of simple and graphic images, created by shapes and colors that I like.

Q. Describe your work in three words...

A. Delicate, shape and color.

Q. When do you make your best work?

A. In general, I think there is no bad or good time... It depends on my mood, my state of mind... I don’t think there is a better moment but there is a feeling, a desire.

 

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

A. I am fascinated by architecture, especially by the work of Mexican architect Luis Barragan. Also by the theories on Colour (particularly the writings of William Benson, Emily Noyes Vanderpoel, Michel-Eugène Chevreul). I am a great admirer of Agnès Martin's work, I love the simplicity, the delicate light that emanates from these artworks. I would also like to mention the work of Pierrette Bloch and Jean Arp, who inspired me a lot about the work of form. And of course, Paul Klee.

 

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

A. Silence. It helps me to focus on my minds

 

Q. Artist whose career you covet?

A. I don’t know. There are a lot of artists that I admire but I want to live my own career.

 

Q. Is art making therapeutic for you?

A. In life in general, I very often try to find meaning in things, events, that surround me. I ask myself a lot of questions about myself and life in general. I am passionate about sociological and psychological studies. I also like philosophy, for those questionings that open the mind, stir up curiosity, develop reflection and give the opportunity to see the world differently. Like a guide, it helps me to grow and feel my instincts. I am a rather lunar person, very often in my thoughts, past and/or future projections. So the practice of art allows me to refocus, to anchor myself.

Q. What are you most proud of?

A. Of my vision of life, of my desire to create, to move forward, to share, to live.

 

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

A. It’s difficult to say because I have a lot of dreams in my head. I want to travel, meet people, and of course, create art.

 

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

A. Actually, I really want to go to Portugal, I imagine myself in a cozy and luminous artist’s studio. I love the light over there.

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

A. I think of Agnès Martin but unfortunately this artist is no longer alive  

 

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

A. I try to bring a spiritual and contemplative dimension to my work, detached from all intellectualism. I do, it's instinctive. I don't necessarily look for meaning in my creations. I prefer to turn towards sensation, simplicity and authenticity. I like to think of each work as a scientific composition, with its own method, its own measure, its own rhythm and its own light. I do not want to influence or reduce the imagination of the viewer. Because I think that everyone is free to see what they want to see, to feel this or that emotion. I like the idea of a singular interpretation.

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