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Posted on May 11 2015
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for Melba magazine



What were the first images you would say that shaped your artistic sense ?
It was 15 years ago. I think you will be a little surprised, because my first fascination was with classic Conceptualism. I also read a lot about art theory and philosophy. Funny enough, I was also watching Fashion TV in the background. It was a mix of sensations. On the one hand, a fascination with numerous paintings of Roman Opalka, on the other, paying attention to trends in fashion. Yet, I think one of my most impactful aesthetic experience was with Matthew Barneyís Cremaster project.






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What is it that fascinates you in the fashion and art world of today ?
I think that both fashion and art have many faces. While there is a lot of technological projects, I can also return to the classic craft. A good idea fascinates me the most. I do not marvel only in the form. Unfortunately, in this day and age, we are inundated with all kinds of effects, which are devoid of meaning. I get an impression that there are fewer and fewer artists who have the courage to express themselves without looking at others.

Fashion and art is greatly influenced by the global trends. In Poland, the artists who fascinate me the most are Olaf Brzeski and Wilhelm Sasnal. I am inspired a lot by Markus Schinwald, as well. My loose inspiration is Toiletpaper - a project by Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari.




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What is it that drives you to engage in a new project ?
Since some time now, I consistently carry out all my projects, and each one leads to another. Itís very addicting, I work a lot.
I often compare my projects to songs which make up a record. I hope to release a ďrecordĒ this year, by what I mean a book encompassing my recent work.
The leitmotif is redheadedness as a condition of being different.




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for Melba magazine



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for Label Magazine




Your work balances artistic quality and fashion sharpness. How do you manage to find that thin line between them ?
This is a very good question, which I often ask myself. I think it is a result of my fascinations. Fashion often complements my concepts. It supports my objectified heroes. Sometimes, it becomes a fetish. On the other hand, sometimes I use fashion in an instrumental way, where a given look emphasizes a particular effect I want to achieve.
Sometimes, I get the impression that the designers who come to me are fascinated and a little scared at the same time.
I feel that fashion is often overlooked in art, which I consider a mistake. I think it is better to stylize something, to add to the character.
A good example where fashion was used as a device of artistic expression are the projects of the above mentioned Matthew Barney.





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Your work is in a way deeply personal, almost egocentric one could say. Arenít you afraid of that kind of exposure ?
It is a kind of fetish. Only by envisioning that kind of imagery do I feel I am actually creating something.
I think I am motivated by a strong definition of an image. To put it simply, I envelop that image with myself, so that it becomes a sealed box of my vision. That makes me comfortable. It is egocentric, but perhaps it has to be this way. Above all, I try to be honest to myself.





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Posted on Feb 25 2015
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AMANDINE URRUTY_Worlds of Wonder_Interview  
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Posted on Feb 12 2015
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You have said that you like to work on your bed with a suitcase of pens nearby - throughout history there have
been a number of writers who worked in bed -like Honore
de Balzac for instance- but I guess itís a first for a visual artist, right?

Actually, I donít know if Iím the only visual artist who works in bed, but thatís a stupid bad habit. But I love that, itís the biggest desk you can imagineÖ I use my pillows and a cardboard to create a table and I work sitting cross-legged while listening to crime stories on the radio and television.




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You used to be part of the underground music scene - why did you give it up for art?
I never wanted to be a musician, it happened by accident. And to be honest, I used to sing quiteÖ out of tune.
So I wasnít very sad when it stopped, even though it was really funny.
Above all, this little interlude allowed me to develop my graphic universe. I always wanted to be an artist, a drawer, but I used to prefer photography when I was an art student (photos of sausages, to be precise). Creating posters and record covers for the band led me back to the path of drawing,
and it was a good way for diffusing my graphic work.




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Do you also like to make up stories for your "repertoire of beasts and gallery of weird charactersĒ?
There are no real stories in the drawings, I canít tell you what would be my charactersí names or in which country they live but I love to create strange and densely populated universes, and imagine that maybe this little world could come to life one day.




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Where do all these creatures come from?
Were some of them there in your imagination, already in your childhood? Or in dreams?

My very first characters used to be some kind of rag dolls, with no mouth, no nose and no hands. So I began clothing them with gloves and masks, and all the bestiary arrived immediately thereafter. Lots of animals, especially dogs, sometimes a bunch of ponies to please my mother,
but also monsters inspired by toys from my childhood, and all the horror movies I watched. Recently, I had fun drawing characters from Ghostbusters or the Addams Family, as a direct reference to this part of my visual culture.




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When starting work on a new piece, do you do so because
of a sudden inspiration or is it rather an inner need to create?

Even though Iím a messy girl, Iím always well organised with my work. I first think about what kind of new series to do, and then I began working on all the drawings at the same time. For example, for now I have nine big drawings to finish. But once itís done,
I already know what will be the new seriesÖ I keep doing lists and keep noting new ideas, so I hope I wonít forget anything !




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Have you been experimenting a lot until reaching your desired style?
There are some constant elements in my work, but I think it has been going through different periodsÖ When I really started working as an artist, I used to do quite simple black and white drawings, with black pens and a little bit of sepia markers. Then I applied colors on Photoshop. So I had monochromatic original drawings, and colored prints. To be honest, I was afraid of direct color, and I was wearing up and down that I would never do color drawings.
Strange as it seems, just after that I began using color pencils, and especially the fluorescent ones, and did very dense pictures, during something like 2 years and a half, until I finished my first monographic book, ę Robinet díAmour Ľ.
Personal (and sad) circumstances, and a little bit of weariness too, brought me back to black and white, but this time with graphite. Academic drawing was my first love, when, as an art student, I had to copy Ingres and Michel-Ange. I wanted to rediscover the joy of drawing, without artifice.
I donít know if I reached today my ę desired style Ľ,
Iím really enjoying this new period but one thing is certain : I still have to improve.




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Could you pick and speak to us about one piece that has been your favourite ?
My favourite drawing is always the last Iíve done. So for now itís the ę Egg Triptych Ľ, a big work I did for Jonathan LeVine Galleryís winter group show.
I really enjoyed doing it cause I love these kind of triptych series, as an obvious reference to classical painting. The Boy, the Ghost, the Girl, all this connected by eggs, roosters and omelets. It made sense to me. Hope it does to you. :)




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 If you could change one thing about the world of art, what would that be?
OhÖ I donít really know what to answer. Being an artist can be a hard job, for sure, but I already knew that before I began.




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How important a part does fashion play in your everyday life?
Iím a real girl, Iím obsessed with shoes. In more general terms, I can have a compulsive relationship to fashion. But I donít have much time to do shopping ! Thatís certainly good news for my bank account. Anyway, I love fashion as a way to express oneself. I admire eccentric people, and love the idea of a never-ending carnival in the streets.




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Mr Kalamaris  
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Posted on Jul 7 2014


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Mr Kalamaris is reading the interview he gave to Dapper Dan magazine.
Heís trying to recall the excitement and the nervousness that had overcome him at the time.
But he cannot feel a thing.
The only thing he feels is the beauty of these two elegant pages and a sense
of wonder for whatever it is the future holds.



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Mr Kalamaris would be pleased to meet you
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