Clarisse d'Arcimoles

Clarisse in studio
The Culturist Series Cut Out II
Clarisse's studio

What inspires you?

Photography is a fragment of time and space within the image’s frame.  It is a suspended moment presented for our contemplation. It is for me, the most compelling archival material to work with. When I look at old photographs, I find myself drawn directly into the past with the desire to re-stage it in the present.

Why do you choose to work with Art Gazette?

Because they are not only interested in the final artwork, but the process towards it. They give artists the opportunity to think and experiment differently. To work with them feels like painting on a Sunday afternoon instead of a Monday morning workday.

The Culturist Series Polykleitos
With-Out, Adeline de Monseignat

What artist do you admire?

I am a big fan of Adeline de Monseignat’s work. She invited me to share her studio in Mexico City and during this time we discussed the similarities and differences in each other’s practices. Adeline is a truly passionate artist.

List your top 5 emerging artists

Clarisse's Studio
Clarisse's studio

What excites you about the art scene where you live?

My work has always been shaped by experiencing British culture and its history; blending straight documentary works along an artistic and personal approach. London is a place like no other, a city in constant motion. It has been my school of life for the past 15 years.

Which exhibition has had a lasting impact on you?

In between two lockdowns I managed to see Electronic: From Kraftwerk to The Chemical Brothers at the Design Museum in London. It was an exhibition about the music, obviously, and the people which are the two things I missed the most during lockdown. It is a look forward to the near future.

Electronic: From Kraftwerk to The Chemical Brothers. Photo by Peter Boettcher
The Tinted Flower Series Untitled 2

Tell us about the artworks Art Gazette have recently acquired from you

Art Gazette has acquired two series of my work, a selection of tinted flowers shot in Mexico and a new series of compulsive visual study of the influence of the ancient Greek on bodybuilding culture.

Choose 5 artists for a dinner party - dead or alive

I would hang out with impressionists in Montmartre in Paris in the late 19th century and experiment with what was known as ‘haven of debauchery.’ I would then meet Renoir, Manet, Degas and Pissarro at the Moulin de la Galette for some afternoon drinks and dance until sunrise.

Clarisse's Studio