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Laurie Basset is a French visual artist hailing from Montreal, Quebec. Her medium is focused on the human form and is inspired by a combination of collaging the fabric and the movement of the body. Her recent project “Sur le fil” focuses on surrealism and contemporary dance. Here is an exclusive interview with Artist Laurie Basset.

To check out more of Laurie’s work and connect with her please visit the following pages:

https://www.facebook.com/lauriebassetartwork
http://lauriebasset.tumblr.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Vincent-Nadon-Photography

Can you tell me a little about your work? What is your aesthetic?

My aesthetic sober, minimal , movement-based, textural, dark, bizarre, surrealistic, graphic,
indoor and outdoor.

How did you come to work with dancers?

Contemporary dance inspires me a lot. I see it as a magnificent way to express
yourself. The model is not a professional dancer, only a young woman who
knows how to express herself and capable of improvising; two fundamental
principles of contemporary dance.

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Is this project an investigation into issues like anorexia, body dysmorphia, etc?

No, it never crossed my mind.

Are there any particular artists you are inspired by right now?

I would say Jean François Lepage and Alexander Yakovlev, although all my
collages are very intuitive.

What is your background? How did you come to create this type of work?

I studied Fine Arts in France where my taste for visual images was born. I started producing a series of “collages” in June 2011 in line with the preparation for an entry exam for the Fashion and Design school in Belgium. Even though the portfolio had to be conventional, I persist in cutting and modifying the images. I was accepted, but I chose, after a few months, to interrupt my studies to move to Montreal. In the summer of 2013, I applied to an art gallery and the owner offered to showcase my work. I finally started to see some potential. The production grew. In Montreal, I collaborated with a couple photographers. During my travels, my work is produced with magazines I find looking around. Some of my recent work was done in New Zealand. These images create tension in the human form, twisting it and pulling in different directions.

Why are you doing that?

I always wanted to use the human body for my work. I like the expression and the change in perception that a body in movement, a twisted body, can give. The collage makes all this even less perceptible; confuse, mix, explore the
moving capacities of the human body to enable it’s inherent for me.

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Collage & art direction & styling : Laurie Basset
Photograph : Vincent Nadon
Model : Emilie Nadon
Mua :Ann-frédéric Tremblay

 

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