Huntingdon, United Kingdom
About Zizi Lagadec
A one line summation of my relationship to art: Air allows me to breathe but art allows me to live. There are many artists I admire, but I don't study or borrow their techniques. Instead, I experiment constantly, often waking (in the middle of the night), with an image in my mind that I later try to re-create in the physical form. Perhaps because I have no fixed concept, I am free to evolve and diversify without any boundaries. For me, art tends to be a way of expressing a mood or emotion felt in response to something visual.....or audible. So a moving piece of music, by Arvo Part or Yann Tiersen for example, can provoke inspiration....in the same way as a striking landscape. Beauty is not enough though, there has to be something more. I suppose I could describe that something more as an insight into the essence of the inner self of the subject. Without that, the image produced would be like a beautiful glass scent bottle.....without the merest trace of its fragrant contents. The viewer would (hopefully) recognise that it was an attempt to portray a beautiful bottle but would never know what it held.....how its fragrance lingered.....how the woman who wore it felt when she dabbed it on her wrists.......how her lover remembered her, because of the fragrance she wore...... But whatever the catalyst, the images you see on my gallery pages are the result. My favourite mediums? I love oil pastels as they are so rich and immediate. Ink is more refined, but is so striking in its simplicity. Paints, enamels & varnish - I can splash and merge....they can be used in so many ways....and the range of colours is vast. Photography is a major joy for me. I began (drawing and) taking photographs as a tiny child but never dreamt photography would play such a major role in my life. Realism, impressionism, abstraction and constructivism, even now, I'm always so excited to see what emerges.