Leisurely, you and I —
To lie, to love, to die
Off in that land made to your measure!
— Charles Baudelaire, Invitation to the Voyage
Wanderlust Encapsulated in Artworks
Born in 1976, and living and working in Paris up till the present, French artist Lamiel is acclaimed for her devotion to collage drawings heavily inspired by travels around the world, a life-long passion that dates back to her young age. Lamiel takes the motif of the all-encompassing landscape from her trips to Africa, South East Asia, and wherever her feet take her. Developing the idea through an artistic exploration she offers insight into the vibrant materiality of nature, as well as the existential mystery of spirituality in accordance with the sense of expansiveness.
Building upon her interests in mysteries of the countries she has visited — which include Mali, Morocco, Egypt, Burma, China, India, Vietnam and Tasmania — Lamiel’s artistic creations are not only anchored through spatial and temporal intersections of her expeditions, but also invite a subtle lyrical attitude towards art with a stunning sensibility that has continued throughout her practice.
Taken as a whole, although she remains best known for her work in collage, Lamiel’s art traverses the realms of painting, drawing, sculpture, and paper-cutting crafts. Beginning as a sculptor, she began to develop an artistic language incorporating into her canvases recycled materials from old newspapers, book covers and trinkets from flea markets, all weathered by time.
In Conversation with Lamiel
NONAGON.style: Hi LAMIEL! What’s your background?
Lamiel: I am a French self-educated artist living and working in Paris, France. After my exam (baccalaureate), I started to work in a clay workshop for a few years. My travels in Africa and Maghrebian countries inspired me for my first collages on canvas in 1999 when I started exhibiting my work in art fairs. Then I naturally headed myself to Asia and was fascinated by discovering the variety of ethnical tribes in Burma, China, Vietnam, India, etc. Since then my work has been an evocation of these voyages.
“My work has been an evocation of these voyages.” — Lamiel
How would you describe your artistic style?
My art is based on a research of ancient materials: old paper and old fabric to create melancholic stories where time is suspended.
Who or what do you look to for design inspiration?
Nature, music, horizon, wood, stone, pottery.
Who are your favorite artists?
Miquel Barcelo, Foujita, Jockum Nordstrom, CY Twombly.
What are your favorite topics to tackle?
Landscapes, characters, the atmosphere of my travels.
What’s your process when you work?
Music (jazz, soul, folk, …), cat sleeping on a coach and exploring amongst the old papers and materials I have collected.
What would you like to achieve through art?
People often say that my work allows them to travel, escape, a dream of a quiet place, an invitation to voyage: l’invitation au voyage de Baudelaire …
What is your home like? How do you like to decorate your home?
Old wood furniture, traditional potteries, and baskets and white walls: I need to live amongst beauty and simplicity that wears the marks of time.
Can you share with us about your latest project?
At the moment I am working on my next exhibition which will take place in November 2019 at Gallery Samagra in Paris. It will be an exhibition exclusively based on old cover books.
What are some upcoming projects we should look out for?
I have the idea of having my own clay workshop in Milos, Greece in order to start working pottery and ceramic.
A Material Lineage of East & West
In her most formative years, Lamiel drifted away from sculpture and moved towards collage fueled by an interest in paper, as well as her expeditions around the world. Marrying the Eastern traditions of jianzhi paper cutting from China and the Western approaches to collage-making through delicate compositions and retaining the hints of a landscape through painting, the beautiful artistic figures are presented through a physical cut and paste style that takes you outside your everyday. Lamiel’s works have been exhibited across France and internationally.