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AS IS | Elka Leonard


From French Basque Country, France

Based in Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France

Elka is a self-taught artist whose work is characteristically colorful and detailed. Her artworks are inhabited by symbolic characters and devoted to exploration of womanhood

A: Please, tell us a bit more about yourself. What brought you into art?

E: The need to express my inner speech other than by words.

A: What inspires you the most?

E: The poetry of words, sentences, which trigger my imagination, which then becomes populated with colors and faces. Then the news and my private life punctuate this first creation and finalize it.

A: Do you have any specific rituals while working (creating)?

E: I watch tv series surrounded by my 10 cats.

A: What would you recommend to someone who's new to art (whether artist or just an admirer), what to begin with?

E: I recommend listening to their heart. Only love at first sight should guide them, and their intuition.

A: What are your three favourite adjectives related to art?

E: Both useless and vital.

A: The best angle to look at art is from ...?

E: I recommend diving into the works, until you feel involved in the work.

A: The perfect phrase to start any conversation about art is: ...?

E: "Turn away from this work. Do you keep thinking about it in a heady way?"

A: Must-read books to help us talk about art (or do we even need them)?

E: L’artiste, l’institution et le marché by Raymonde Moulin. And books about Marcel Duchamp and Jeff Koons, and the history of Picasso.

A: If you could change one thing in the art world - what would it be?

E: I would go back on the history of French art, and I would modify the cultural policy of France which only puts forward, and this was for many years, conceptual art, to the detriment of other practices.

A: Please, share your favorite quote (not necessarily related to art).

E: We get in life what we have the courage to ask for.

Thank you!

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