The next time you go to the local theater or gallery, you might be impressed by the finished work on display, but have you ever thought about the real sacrifice and thought required to bring it to life? This is what Lucile Gauvain invites us to consider in a new series entitled Daily Life.
Each of the 12 new never-before-seen colored pencil drawings reveals the very artists who create their own works, whether they’re preparing for a ballet performance, weaving a wearable beaded dress, or baking and frosting a decadent cake. In all honesty, it’s not just an awareness of the graft and wonder that occurs throughout the creative process; it’s a celebration of the entire creative industry and its people.
It is therefore not surprising to understand a little more about Lucile’s journey. She began her journey towards art in the world of cinema and scenography. She is undoubtedly an exceptionally skilled graphic designer and illustrator with a solid list of arthouse film credits to her name, including Julian Schnabel’s At Eternity’s Gate and Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch. But in recent years, she has honed her personal style and found her voice painting startlingly surreal scenes and alternate worlds that speak of shared experiences even as they blur the lines between fantasy and reality.
For this latest work, we see a real passion for creativity and how what some might consider the hidden and boring aspects of making is, in fact, the wonderful part of what it means to be a creative professional working today. today. Soft, delicate and in a range of pleasing pastel hues, In On a Daily Basis considers the joy of creating art from the perspective of artists and artisans who know better than anyone the nearly equal importance of the practice. and imagination in their profession. “I aim to reshape our perception of routine and mundane activities in the arts because I have found that often the magic of creative work lies not in the final object or work of art, but in the process of manufacturing,” she says.
On view at London’s HOFA Gallery from this Friday until September 7, On a Daily Basis is described as an “exploration of the magical alchemy that occurs when the mundane and the fantastic combine during the creative process. It represents an important turning point in the evolution of contemporary art as the creative process becomes the subject and the artists themselves become characters on canvas”.
“What would our narrative identity be without the pleasant habits, the repetitive tasks performed on a daily basis? Lucille adds. “These ephemeral moments linking the banality of the process to the fantasy of creation are moments of magic where art is born.”