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Caroline Denervaud | Interview

Composed of performative, choreographed movement and two dimensional compositions, Caroline Denervaud's work spans multiple media, all of which keeps us gaping at her process and the beautiful, organic shapes she creates instilling her own body. Based in Paris, Denervaud concentrates on both series; they are innately intertwined and reliant on each other, as the motions, shapes and gestural strokes realized in her larger pieces are also realized in her collage pieces. Read our interview with Caroline below. 

Tell us about this body of work launching on Tappan?
These are collages and performing traces. Two different works.

Tell us about process.
It’s always about feeling. Letting the inside intention coming out, and see what happens.

When do you make your best work?
Before noon, at home, for the performances and at night for the collages. 

Artist whose career you admire?
Pina Bausch

Last gallery show you went to?
Some Soulage’s pieces in Lausanne

What are you most proud of?
Continuing to explore daily.

What do you see yourself doing in 5 years?
I try to live day after day, we’ll see!

If you could travel anywhere to create for a while, where would you go?
In the country side, near a forest.

What are your other hobbies?
Walking, knitting

If you could have a drink with one artist, who would it be?
John Cage

What influences you?
people, energies...but I try not to be influenced.

What motivates you?
An inner non-stop research about movement possibilities.

What’s your studio philosophy?
Search, try, play.

How many hours do you try and work in the studio per week?
As much as I can, when I’m alone.

Silence or sound while creating? If sound, what?
Silence, radio or some repetitive sounds to find a kind of transe feeling.

Tools or mediums you’re dying to experiment with?
I’m more dreaming of a huge place with nude walls.

What’s next?
I hope collaborations and a personal project in textile.

What’s the first thing you do when you begin formulating an idea for a piece?
I don’t prepare anything, if I feel an idea is coming I go for it and see what happens.


What work took you the longest to complete?
Ordered works.

Best gift you’ve ever received?
Crazy, strong and flexible feet :)

Describe your work in 3 words.
Research, spontaneous, trace.

What's one thing you still have from your childhood?

Do you have a favorite quote, or a phrase you think about often?
« Life is not a rehearsal », « we are lived ».

Have the cities you’ve lived in influenced your practice? If so, tell us a bit about that, and what elements in particular steered you in certain directions.
Lausanne, the contemporary dance classes, lots of improvisation and the people connected to an open simple way of living.

What country do you wish to visit?

What makes you nervous?

What is one artist living or dead you feel a great connection to? Someone whose work has inspired your own practice and what you’re creating these days?
Pina Bausch, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Francesca Woodman

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