MUNTHE ART MONDAY: TIFFANY BOUELLE
Please introduce yourself and tell us about what you do.
I’m Tiffany, I’m half French half Japanese and I am an artist based in Paris. Lately, I also started doing design. I grew up here and my mother is a stylist, and my father is also an artist and an art director. I've been a freelance stylist for 5 years and I left because I wasn't agreeing with the fashion industry, I had to listen to my values and help women after I realized that I’ve had an eating disorder for about ten years because of this industry. It was enough. At 25 years old I organized my first solo show, and it was a sold out! I also got my first collaboration with Moynat (LVMH brand they collaborate with Pharrell just before me) to create a collection of silk scarfs, pouches, and bags. This is how my career started. Now I work a lot as a designer and I do shows, collaborations and many different projects that stimulate my creativity. I always try to include women and show how diversity is beautiful in the fashion industry.
Could you explain more about how being a woman has affected your career?
Being a woman never affected my career, it affected me as a person because my double culture was full of contradictions. "Be quiet/ be yourself", "be independent/ you're too strong and independent, no one will love you". That kind of contrasts don't affect your work but the way you try to manage yourself and your confidence. As I told you I just got out from years and years of dealing with an eating disorder and I believe that it was because I got inspired by the wrong things when I was a teenager. But nothing of all this is connected to my way to manage my life, my work, and my career. I put this part of myself on mute when it comes to my art life. Because art make me breath and accept everything that I find to be not good enough about myself. I believe that I am lucky to be a woman today because I have a lot of rights in my country, and I can communicate freely about my feminism and my engagement in my artwork. I am surrounded by amazing inspiring women, so I truly think that being a woman here in Paris is fabulous.
Can you name some other female (artists) that inspires you and explain why they do so?
I really like Margaux Dehry, she’s a contemporary artist. She created a collective of female artists that is called Le Cercle de l'art (The cercle of the arts) and help them to be financially stable with great methods. She’s also an amazing painter and I highly encourage you to go check her work.
What has been the most challenging aspect of being a female artist?
I don't define myself as a female artist but just as an artist. I think categorizing me by my gender is not the solution to secure the freedom of the next generation. I really try to separate myself from that thinking and instead answer this question: Propose everything that haven’t been explored or has been hidden in fine art about women.
What would you like people to notice in your artwork?
Can’t say, I think if you notice my work, it it’s already amazing, if you like it, you’re already supporting me and if you buy my work, you believe that art can change your life the same way as it changed mine.
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