Interview with La Rouille

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 Hello La Rouille, how are you doing these days? What are you into at the moment?

I’ve been back to work in my studio for my next exhibition and at the same time I’m working on fresh projects for various festivals. Otherwise today I started my day with a cup of coffee and answered my emails, and this afternoon I’ll do a shot in an abandoned school in order to make a short film with a friend videographer.

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I’ve always enjoyed the feeling of loneliness that shines from your subjects. There’s an odd power that surrounds your characters and it pushes them through their own destiny. Is it something you’re looking for or is it just my private view?
Everyone is free to have his own point of view, I do not have the ambition to convey any message … Solitude is essential for me, the fact of not having to be “somebody” is a luxury in our daily lives.

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It seems you manage to weave together a strong spirit of human disease with important issues like the remains of civilization in our lives; which comes first – the sense of abandon or the social commentary?

It’s just a pessimistic view of the World around me, we tend to forget that we are only passing … Remains of the past remind us that in the end there is not too much to live.
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The concept of an “abandoned world”, an hidden treasure that we’re not more able to see, is a vibrant topic through your production. Could you describe the urgency of telling this story?

The places I explore are for me a great source of inspiration. In the chaos and melancholy, a soothing atmosphere exudes where time seems suspended. I find a kind of refuge on there.

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Your murals have always had a strong concept, I think the evidence is clear since it works both on a small and on a large scale. It’s not so obvious nowadays, since we see a lot of huge walls that would not be so impressive painted on a regular canvas. What’s your point of view about scales?

I prefer the media and the atmosphere that emerges rather than size. I think a tiny work can have more impact than a monumental work. However for any painter to have the opportunity to create a monumental fresco overcomes its limitations both physical and mental, it’s important to find the right wall for the right subject.

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Let’s go back for a moment to your beginnings, what was your urgency in starting painting on the walls outside, and what did you find during this process?

Well, I think I had to find a new way out to escape from everyday life. I found it in paintings but it could have been something else …

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If you look at those pieces, do you see something completely different from now? How has your work evolved over the years from when you were beginning?

Each step leads to another but it is the whole thing that is important. I think the first painting I made was the most sincere … I hope to keep as long as possible the same energy and all the feelings I had the first time I painted a wall.
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And what about now, what pushes you through your art, what’s the engine power of your motivation?

The pleasure and the balance it gives me, if I’ll lose it I’ll stop painting.

If you could change one thing about being an artist, what would it be?

Simply being “an artist”, I guess everything in the box is reassuring.

Something you’ve always wanted to do, but have yet to.

There are so many … But after all, to me is important to appreciate what I have.
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Something you want the World to know about you.

I would say “nothing,” but I have already said too much.

Something that annoys or frustrates you about people.

Human unconsciousness.

What’s overrated / underrated today?

The Human / Nature

What’s next for you? What shows or projects do you have planned?

Some new projects, but most of all I continue to have fun, travel and discover new places.

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