Say Bonjour to Pilar, a French watercolour and collage artist living in Berlin. She is a supremely talented new age feminist getting us to think about female empowerment one brush stroke at a time!
How would you describe your work?
Well I say that with my illustrations and collage, I try to deconstruct my imagination in an aesthetic way. I try to create new ways of perception and try to get people thinking. I like to include pop rock themes and they are kind of gender related as well. I like to explore the power of women and how they are perceived in society. Sometimes women are seen more as objects rather than someone with a personality. So I try to make people think about that through my art.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
I would say fashion inspires me a lot and women with personalities! But also everyday life and the chaotic ways of our society.
When you say fashion who in fashion inspires you?
My favourite designer , I would say is Vivienne Westwood. I feel she plays a lot with deconstructed clothing, she always has very interesting stuff and I like her personality a lot. She is a very strong woman.
How long does it take for you to create each piece?
It depends how big they are but maybe for big ones up to 2-3 weeks and for a small one, just one day. I use pencils, markers and watercolors, these are basically my tools and collage materials of course.
When did you realise you were an artist?
I think I realized when I lived in London for 5 years that I was inspired a lot by art and fashion but really what made me realise I was an artist was during my traveling in San Francisco. I worked for an artist in a gallery. I was assisting the artist and it made me realise that I was someone who likes to create.
Who is your favourite artist?
Hmm..I don’t know. I’d have to think and get back to you on that one. There are so many images and artists I love, it’s hard to pick a favourite.
Do you remember the very first image or piece of art that made an impression on you?
I think the very first one was when I went to a Picasso exhibition in London. There were a lot of inspirational pieces of course but maybe Nude Woman With Turkish Bonnet, I really like that piece.
Picasso- Nude Woman With Turkish Bonnet
Do you find that the different cities you’ve lived in inspire your work or do you feel creative wherever you are?
I think I can be creative wherever I am, but in cities I would say there are definitely many more centers of inspiration because there is always so much art you see many things when you go out. Nowadays I feel it is easy to find inspiration, you can go online and see other peoples work, but if you have a choice it is always better to see the real pieces.
What was the last exhibition you went to?
I can’t remember the name, it was in Perpignan, in the South of France. It was a very interesting exhibition with a lot of artists, very cool.
Whats your favourite colour: I like blue! I use a lot of blue, I feel it goes with a lot of colours
What is the one tech item you can’t live without: My iphone
What is you favourite handbag: My Chanel Bag
What bargain do you wish you got on U-Wantit.com?
The PS4 Pro that sold for £1.69, for my boyfriend Marius.