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Apollonia Saintclair

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How would you describe Apollinia Santclair as? ... deeply in love with ink.

 What made you fall in love with the arts? It's a question of intensity; what some call beauty, by restricting this concept to an aesthetic question, is for me the hard core of art. Art is concentrated life, it is what remains when you distil the everyday and keep only what is significant, what makes you vibrate. To experience a work of art is to live more intensely for a few moments but to create a work of art is to transfigure the real. It's like awakening the genie of Aladdin's magic lamp, with the difference that you're the wizard who put it there. It's like re-enchanting the world.

How long have you been creating, and what gave you that push to go full force into this field? I've been drawing as far as I can remember, more or less intensely, but I started drawing with ambition only since 2012. It was at this moment that I discovered the vantage point that I was really interested with: eroticism. I understood that through this prism I could talk about all the contemporary themes that fascinate me: power, society, the future of our species ...

Describe your work in 6 words: Desirable, noir, ironic, ambiguous, multi-layered, surreal.

 What is power to you? The wheel that lets the world spin, from the bedroom to the room of parliaments.

 What do you enjoy about ink? Its effectiveness: the ability to recreate all the nuances of the world from a single color.

What are your favorite ink techniques? Straightforward dots and lines. Ink, unlike the pencil that allows more nuances, requires clear decisions. If a line is not "wanted" it can be seen right away, the drawing loses its power of expression and becomes fuzzy, which I hate, because, even if the construction is perfect, the drawing, from a technical point of view - and therefore in its very essence - is failed.

Not having the ability to erase ink, how did you master your style? Try & trash, as long as necessary. But that was before digital, which beyond the capability of canceling and layering, brings the need to reintroduce some form of dirt, imperfection, to create an expression close to the ink.

Your work is geared to a mature audience, why go this route? This was not a conscious decision. Perhaps because I have discovered the complexity and real extent of the world with my own discovery of sexuality, which is, in my opinion, the true meaning of the term "maturity". 

 There is strong emotion in your pieces, was it hard to achieve this emotion with ink? A drawing is first achieved in your mind. If you don‘t feel a strong emotion while thinking it, ink won‘t help either. And yes, black and white is a congenial medium to convey black and white emotions...

What is eroticism to you? A revealer that sheds light on how our society works even in its most private corners.

What type of music has affected your life? Not a special type, since I listen to many different directions, from metal to opera... But music is important because I constantly have music while working and thus music constitute the silent original soundtrack of every drawing I have ever made.

 A master piece is a portrait of an artist do you agree with this view? If so, how has your work evolved over the years? I am not sure it is a portrait in a visual or complete way, it is rather the ephemeral imprint of the artist's state of mind. If you, as a public, feel a strong emotion, then the message has passed and that means you have a good command of your craft. A drawing is for me rather the representation of "what should/could be". I think my drawings reflect enchanting and horrible places, where I dream or fear to end up. This never changes. What changes is the skills to represent it. 

Have you ever tough in animating your illustrations? I did and tried, but I am more a „one shot “. I am not even sure I would like to do sequential work, because what I really like is to tell a complete story with a single frame.

What advice would you give to someone trying to pursue a vision like yours? The usual one: find your own voice. Chose a technique you are comfortable with and a topic that move you deeply. It is as simple and as difficult as that.

What is something that you want to achieve in the next 5 years? First of all: draw, draw and draw... Then write a couple of stories I have been thinking about for a long time and create the illustrations that goes along.

Oscar Gutierrez