This week we bring you the twisted and tense creations of Strasbourg-born artist Maud Laurent. The body becomes a template as she seeks to convey the strength of the line, either rough or delicate, together with her intense concept of incarnation. Her works evoke mixed feelings oscillating between the comfort of a technically representative detailed drawing, and the discomfort of a distorted or suffering body.
How did you decide to become an artist?
I don't feel like there's been a decisive moment. As far as I can remember, working on images has always felt like the only right and self-realizing thing to do. The working moments are peculiar ones, during which I feel completely focused, both intense and calm. Yet, I decided to get professional and make a living out of it, around my 30th birthday, realizing that working in an office and making a "proper living" out of it, was actually missing what was the most important for me.
What inspires you?
Many artists inspire me, either contemporary or much older ones. Grünewald, di Cosimo, Nolde, Twombly, Bacon, Dumas, Saville are the names that come to mind first.
What is your creative process?
I don't need much to work, I only need to be alone in order to connect strongly with my emotions. Of course, with good music and a nice cup of tee is even better.
What impact do you seek to accomplish with your work? How do you do so?
I try to express a certain tension through body representation. I aim to an emotional reaction from the viewer too, and I hope that my images can sometimes be the support of a mixed feeling between the comfort of a technically representative detailed drawing, and the uncomfortable sight of the distorted or suffering bodies.
If you had a superpower what would it be?
Definitely time travelling! I would love to come and go from different moments in history! Fed up with car drivers attitude? Let's spend a sunny afternoon in the iron ages!
Shop Maud's work here.