LEE CLEMENT ART - interview
In a fresh mix of several medias such as acrylics, spray paints, oil and charcoal, Lee, a Lebanese artist, based in Montpellier - South of France, has a very unique way of expressing herself through color. Her work comes from a rich tapestry of her own life moods and experiences and is peppered with her fascination of science, nature, philosophy, music and astronomy. Besides visual arts, Lee writes in French, English and Arabic and has started blogging last month about art, science and almost everything she’s passionate about on Niume.com.
Self taught/ art school?
Self taught. I have no formal art education. My work is is eclectic, intuitive and extremely versatile. I really enjoy the freedom of the process. Paintings often start as one thing and end up as something totally different. Part of me likes clean work but mostly I function with chaos and mess.
Tell us a little about yourself. How did you get started and what made you want to become an artist?
I have always been an art lover but I never wanted to be an artist. I guess it’s just what I am. I have always read a lot and written more. I only started to paint 6 months ago, just making it up as I went and experimenting with all mediums. That’s why I often incorporate words to my paintings. There is a keen relationship between letter and image.
How would you describe your style?
I would describe my art as sensual abstract expressionism with a great influence from street/urban art and graffiti, though I’m not tied to any style. I am continuously developing myself hopefully to improve. Every new painting is a new adventure.
What are some of your initial inspirations when starting new series?
I find inspiration anywhere and in all kinds of art types with in an intention to provide the art world with a totally unique point of view. I paint what I feel. I paint my emotions and my thoughts either they are personal or regarding a cause I would like to defend or a social opinion I have.
What is the medium you use when creating your work? Why?
Mostly I use acrylic for its speed of drying, it means I can layer over and over quickly. I also use charcoal, graphite, markers, spray paint and varnish, just anything lying around.
Tell us a little about your creative & technical process when working
My process is inspired by the surrealist idea that art should come from the unconscious mind, and by the automatism of the artist. The rhythms of my hands reflect my inner world - in other words I’m expressing the energy, the motion, and other inner forces. I often paint with my bare hands; I’m very tactile and I need to “sculpt” the paints on canvas with my hands.
Then, it’s a very, very long cleaning process. Don’t even ask me about it ;) hehehehe
Why Abstract Art?
Alongside music, abstract art is among the purest forms of expression, as it allows me the freedom to communicate feelings and emotions unconstrained by forms found in objective reality.
What are you most proud of in your work?
I am not yet proud of my work, but I am proud of sticking to my decision to make a dramatic career change without any support. I guess I am also proud of my high energy and big imagination, that’s kind of the stem of it all. I have done more than 80 large scale paintings since I began in June 2016!
How many languages are you versed in?
I speak and write fluently 5 languages (English, French, Arabic, Spanish, Italian) and understand a bit of Norwegian and Dutch. I write poetry and 2 fictional novels about the Lebanese civil war. I started blogging at Niume.com Lee Clement last month mostly about art and science and gained 50 thousand readers from the first month!
Where can we buy your art?
My site http://www.leeclement.com
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