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. 'Artâ€™, for me, 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 recognise that it was 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 theyâ€™re so rich and â€˜immediateâ€™. 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. Current art projects (2014): I've just finished writing and illustrating a story verse (book) for children called 'Tumbleweed gets left behind'. I hope to see it published later this year. I'm also busy hand drawing images to be 'animated' in a short film inspired by the photographic image 'Over the garden wall'. The verse I've written (which appears with the image) will be the narrative for the film. I'm continuing a series of images of a character I've created, called Melanie. She's great fun to draw as she has such personality. I hope you like her! Current writing projects: Articles: Daisy Delaware's Daily Diary (in dire & dreadful detail). The diary of a 6 year old. (On going!) A film score about a reclusive Chinese artist (which could only be directed by Wong Kar-Wai, a man whose work I greatly admire). (On going). A book for adults- The I53 Enigma. (On going). A book for children- Hana Laga & the Riddle of the Sphinx. Favourite Composers: Arvo PÃ¤rt- A brilliant composer whose music, for me, conveys suffering, hardship.....love and loss...but always with kindness and a sense of forgiveness and peace. Yann Tiersen: I listen over and over again to many of his works. He takes me on a journey through emptiness; isolation; .joy...love....elation.....determination...despair....and back again. I wish my images could play his music whenever anyone looked at them. Philip Glass: Haunting & distinctive. Favourite perfumes: Lalique's - Tendre Kiss; Marc Jacob's - Daisy; Aquolina's Pink Sugar; Penhaligon's - 'Artemisia'. Fragrance is so important to me. It transports my mind to places I dream of being.