As a creator with a background in literature & translation, works of fiction are my primary sources of inspiration. In this particular collection, I try to translate novels I love (+ one of my own story collections) into the realm of images. Here is how and why. Painting these images is a way for me to own the fictional worlds I cherish. So after re-reading a given novel, I make a list of images that resonate with me and are essential to the construction of the narrative. Then I begin illustrating every single item in my notebook.
I sometimes make these images from scratch and sometimes adopt works of other artists (eg. Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon in OYS). Then I begin putting them together, rearranging them over and over until I reach the right composition. The next step is the most satisfying and time-consuming of all. I color the drawings with a magic marker, DOT by DOT. I take it slow because if I rush it, the paint would not be as clean and unified.