Could you tell us about your career?
I studied Economics and Commerce, graduated with a DEA diploma from Paris Dauphine University. After that, I worked in finance for 10 years on the European market. Happy and in love, I then went on a world tour ending up in the United States, where I lived for 18 months. I then worked with my husband in the IT sector.
During that entire period, I always had my camera with me; I took a huge number of photographs: of places, faces, groups of people, unusual objects, and ethnic objects, creating a personal bestiary of souvenirs along the roads and across the seas I’ve traveled. I have also spent a great deal of time designing and decorating all these places we’ve lived in, sometimes for only a few months, but more often for a number of years.
Furniture, fashion, jewelry, finery, artisanal objects, I’ve amassed so many things in my life that a hangar wouldn’t be big enough to contain them all!
What are your influences?
Obviously, there are a lot of them. We’re surrounded by so many splendid things; we just need to open our eyes to them. Nevertheless, if I look at what informs my current work, I see that Pop Art painting plays a preponderant role, with artists like Roy Lichtenstein, Jean Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Jasper Johns, and, more recently, Julian Opie.
There are also influences from Pin-Up illustrators like George Gross, Kiraz et ses Parisiennes, Edward Runci, Alain Aslan, Grim Natwick, the creator of Betty Boop, and Eric Stanton.
The sculptor and painter Mel Ramos, with his pin-ups emerging lasciviously from peeled bananas or perched on giant cigars, Niki de Saint Phalle and her blow-up “birds” and papier mâchés females.
Also, I’ve always liked Pirelli and Playboy calendars. All this popular cultural approach to representing sexy women, provocative without being vulgar, their sensible clothes hiding their forwardness, these women, presented in successive eras as “ideal”.
It’s interesting to see how they change over time. Unless it’s men who change …
Obviously, I’ve also taken inspiration from great photographers: Michael Dweck and his photos of surfers in the Hamptons, Helmut Newton, and his femmes fatales in luxury hotel bedrooms, David La Chapelle and his taste for provocation, Richard Avedon, and many more.