Severine Dietrich Interview

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Severine Dietrich graduated in Graphic Design from the École des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, she explores graphic landscapes that can take literal forms, like that of a mountain, or abstract configurations. On canvas as well as on silkscreen prints, her colour palette can be found in landscapes that oscillate between architectural concepts and visions of evolving scenery.

Tell us a fun fact about you I'm very shy, so my life is a succession of absurd scenes!

How did you get into illustration? Very late! I wanted to be a nurse, a veterinarian, a professional skier, or a groom, but in the end I studied at the School of Fine Arts in Lyon and became a graphic designer, and I reconnected with my first passion: painting.

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Who or what inspires you the most? I read, look around and think a lot and in the end when I paint it is a mixture of all these things that come together in a rather spontaneous way.

What does a typical day look like for you? I have a hard time getting up!

I take my daughter to school; I then go to the studio where I work with other artists, illustrators, architects, etc. I drink a coke, I paint, I eat, I drink another coke, I paint, I dream up lots of projects, I digress, I notice the time, I paint, I pick up my daughter from school, we tell each other about our day....

One day a week I teach art to young students and I also have a day of volunteer work where I give painting workshops in prisons, so not many days are typical days.

What do you do when you have a creative block? I wait.

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Top three clients you've worked with? That’s a hard one to answer! I’d say Chic alors Paris (a jewelry brand), which allowed me to do something a little different from what I normally do. I really enjoy working with galleries and shops, to produce something without fixed specifications and to propose something as it comes along.

What tools (digital or not!) do you use to create your work? Mainly painting, felt pens and Photoshop of course!

What's your favourite resource for inspiration? Bauhaus, architecture and psychoanalysis.

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Do you have any tips for artists thinking of doing freelance? Do what you really care about and work hard.

What would your dream project be? I would very much like to create frescoes in prisons, psychiatric hospitals and any other enclosed and dehumanised places; they would have to be renewed often to create surprise and moments that break the routine, allowing to bring a little of the outside world inside.

How can fans keep up-to-date with your work? Instagram

 
 
 
 
 


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