Sometimes when you work as an artist, you want to represent. You have to hold some kind of reputation like, “Yeah, I’m a woman. I’m strong and tough and I’m serious, I’m professional…” But fuck that, ya know?
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Paris. I’m a very very very authentic Parisian. Basically all of my family is in Paris and a lot of my friends are in Paris, and I’ve never really lived in another place long-term.
Did you always want to pursue art?
I wanted to be a doctor for kittens. A veterinarian. I also loved linguistics. Being able to link different languages with their roots and the way that it sounds. If you have time to see my prints on my site, they’re a lot about words. And dance. I used to dance a lot, and I had this thought of becoming dancer or a fine artist. I chose to keep dance for pleasure and to bother with sculpture. Just heavy shit...and nothing goes just like you want.
So how did you get into art?
I would say I was very bored when I was 13, 14 because Paris is not such a good city for teenagers...I guess there is no place that is a good place for teenagers. I was bored, but I was lucky enough to be interested in art. So what I would do to fight that boredom, was to just enjoy the city, got to the museums, to exhibitions, to shows. I would just bike and rollerblade around and look at things. And that’s how I discovered my first artistic squat. I was supposed to go to the Picasso Museum and just in front of it, there was the Squat and the line was bigger for that than the Picasso stuff.
At the time, I was 14, and I just discovered this crazy place made by artists. And my family is very classic, catholic background. It’s a Parisian, French, white, basic, standard family. And I had no idea that as an artist, or just as a human being, you are able to have such an impact on public space, on urban space. It was a big discovery for me. So after I finished high school a few years later, I heard about another place that had opened. It was in 2001, and I came into that and I never left. And then I passed my exam to go to decorative art school in Paris, and it kept me there.