[EXCLUSIVE] Our Interview with Vanessa Sicre

Photos courtesy of Vanessa Sicre Vanessa Sicre, whose artwork we have featured earlier , is also a model. Read on to find out more about ...

Photos courtesy of Vanessa Sicre

Vanessa Sicre, whose artwork we have featured earlier, is also a model. Read on to find out more about this multi-talented artist.

Hi Vanessa! Tell us a bit about yourself!
"I learned that just beneath the surface there's another world, and still different worlds as you dig deeper. I knew it as a kid, but I couldn't find the proof. It was just a kind of feeling. There is goodness in blue skies and flowers, but another force - a wild pain and decay - also accompanies everything." - David Lynch

When did you discover your love for art and modelling?
In my late teens I was plagued by various eating disorders and other self-destructive behaviours that almost cost me my life, and this was when I first discovered art as an escapism. I would become so absorbed in creating that I would temporarily forget about the reality of my dark existence. In recovery, art has become an inherent part of my being, it fills the hunger inside of me in a way nothing else does.

Modelling happened by accident, and I see it as an extension of my creativity. I love the creative process on collaborative projects - have met some wonderfully talented individuals on this journey, and am grateful I've been given this opportunity.

Where do you get your ideas and inspirations from?
I am heavily influenced by surrealist and naive art - artists like Dali, Nikki de Saint Phalle, Hunderwasser, Gaudi, Miró, I really admire. Also, architecture, interiors, travel, and personal life experiences affect my artwork. Then of course, London has some fantastic art and photography galleries - next on my list is Egon Schiele at the National Gallery, and the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Natural History Museum; Tumblr and Pinterest are also incredible sources of inspiration. Spoilt for choice really!

Who do you dream of collaborating with?
Tough one as there is so much talent out there, but here's my condensed list in no particular order: Jan Scholz, Guy Aroch, Ellen Von Unwerth, Sølve Sundsbø and Kesler Tran. I am mostly drawn to photography that celebrates femininity, beauty, sensuality and the female nude, sometimes darkness and narratives. I like images that makes me feel something deep inside.

What are your favourite tools and equipment to work with?
I mostly create illustrations using my bare hands and colouring pens! I have been working on a few new collections recently, using pages out of books I have read, world atlas maps, genuine bank notes no longer in circulation, diamanté studs, multi-coloured bows, pearls, buttons and stickers - all my new designs will be on sale as greeting cards and postcards at the Handmade Christmas Fair from the 13th to 15th December in London O2 Arena (Stand 264). I will also have some mounted and framed work available for sale, all limited edition, one-off pieces.

If you could only work with one colour, which one would it be, and why?
Black, most definitely. It's such an understated colour; it's versatile, classic, timeless, elegant, moody, powerful, sad and mysterious. Black is beautiful and it is also full of contradictions!

Where is the one place on the planet you have dreamed of visiting?
I'm greedy when it comes to travelling, so instead of one place, I'd pick one continent: South America for its vibrant and colourful culture. And I'd also take one of my closest friends there with me so we could share the amazing experience together.

What would you do if you've won a million dollars?
I'd buy a small house in a remote, unspoilt part of the world (by the coast) to escape to every now and again, then I'd pour the rest of the money into setting up and running a small business selling handcrafted designs with practical uses! If we're talking luxuries on a smaller scale, a classic MG convertible Roadster or an Alfa Romeo Spider, a Yamaha motorbike and new camera lenses would also feature on my wish list. Oh, and a few canines at home to add to my existing gang of felines!

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Photos 1 and 2 via Eric Schneider
Photos 3 and 4 via Jakub Skorupa
Photo 5 via Mark Fen
Photo 6 via Shivaji Sen

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