La Maiden Hurlant
I like to make art because of the sense of meaning it gives me. In a world seemingly absent of purpose, the act of drawing is a solution to that void. From a young age I was interested in worlds of fiction involving extraordinary circumstances and characters. These fictional stories and people emotionally helped me understand my own identity. It was also from an early age that I realized I wanted the power to be able to draw anything and everything I could imagine.
La Maiden Hurlant is a story about personal transformation. It occurs to me that everyone is transforming, constantly, until death, and maybe thereafter. Transformation is by its very nature hard to describe or point out as it occurs over stretches of time, it does not exist in the moment. However, this story is an attempt to document, in an imaginative way, the personal transformation of a person, depicted through a series of timeless moments. Granted, not every image is directly related to the act of transformation. Some serve to provide a historical setting and context of the mysterious events that were integral to the transformation of Joan of Arc.
Ultimately, I believe these are miraculous stories of transformation and very relatable to anyone because everyone transforms. The most extreme instances are also usually the most interesting and for that reason I chose to illustrate the act of transformation from the perspective of a peasant adolescent girl transforming into the savior of a kingdom in a short span of time, or in this case, a timeless series of moments.
I prefer using traditional media, particularly ink pens with a style that is reminiscent of the clear-line artists of the 1970’s whom I greatly admire. I always feel there is a strong sense of timelessness and conceptuality at play in my work. It is an attempt to render my internal landscape into an external vision reflecting on questions of identity. I like to create standalone images that tell a whole story in one moment and hopefully provide the viewer a moment of peace and fascination in an otherwise mundane stretch of daily life.
When the viewer looks at my work, I hope in some way they can relate to the transformation of Joan. Transformation is rarely easy or fun, however, transformation significantly affects everyone deeply on a personal level. It brings a little mystery and wonder into their lives, moments in which they can share my reaffirmation that life occasionally has beautiful meaning.