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Studio Visit - The Heidies

Studio Visit

Studio Visit with The Heidies

We are excited to introduce The Heidies to the Tappan family. The Heidies’ debut collection is a series of prints that considers the way forms meet and transform a space, exploring gesture and material to extract a single moment of a delicate balance. The Heidies’ work captures the spontaneity and the innocence of a fragile instant when control is loose and everything can be recreated with one movement . 

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What inspired you to leave Switzerland and settle in Paris?

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Caroline: I followed a friend. I was in London for a year to study dance and after a bad injury couldn’t dance anymore. Paris was an opportunity to rebound, to explore something else elsewhere.

Pascaline: I settle to my grandmother’s house at the age of 18 to practice theatre classes in Paris. I went 5 days a week to watch movies, theatre, exhibitions… and I’m here since 25 years!

 

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What inspired you to begin collaborating in your artistic practices?

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Pascaline: I’m very fond of Caroline's work. she is so sensitive, intelligent and delicate. One day she asked me to shoot her dancing. Joing our universe was very interesting. We decided to explore together.

Caroline: I wanted to say something through my body, dancing. I asked Pascaline if she could take pictures of that performance. Her eyes were so delicate and careful! Feeling that respect and freedom in front of someone is rare… It was our first story and we decided to create and explore together.

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How did you conceive of the Heidies as a collaborative artistic endeavor?

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Within a defined framework of units of time, place and action, we explore gesture and material to extract a moment of delicate balance.

 

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And what inspired the name behind it?

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Heidi is a little girl who lives with her grandfather in the Swiss montains. Her character belongs to the Swiss cultural heritage. We share in our craft her values: freedom, simplicity and authenticity. And we like the prononciation close to "ideas".

 

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What part of your art process is most exciting to you?

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The moment when the shooting, inspiration, "letting go" and action intertwine into one. And then viewing the images afterwards is always exciting.

About The Heidies

The Heidie's search the instant when control is lose, a fragile moment when all is to create again and propose images where the spectator can be free to compose his own.

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Where do you find inspiration in daily life and your environment?

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Caroline: The inspiration comes as an envy to be and create together. It starts, as Pascaline says, from a subtle, little exchange first. The inspiration comes during the shooting too, as we are together, in the place and let go.

Pascaline: We are very close friends. We talk every day. Only a word, an image, a sensation even a smell can initiate new artistic desires.

    

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Tell us about the process behind your shared practice and this new body of work specifically?

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There’s no rules. We let the energy and the moment decide, when together in a place. Pascaline shoots and Caroline performs, but we can also perform together. The final selection is made together and Pascaline works on the pictures.

 

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How are your individual practices reflected in The Heidies?

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Even if we each other have our own part (Pascaline takes the pictures, works on the post production; Caroline moves and selects the cloths for a shooting) the creation comes through a constant exchange. We evolve in symbiosis.

 

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What part of your art process is most exciting to you?

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The moment when the shooting, inspiration, "letting go" and action intertwine into one. And then viewing the images afterwards is always exciting.

 

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Who are some contemporaries or figures in art history who have inspired your work?

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We have many common inspirations: Francesca Woodman, Bill Viola, Helena Almeida, Mark Borthwick, Viviane Sassen, Yves Klein, Nikki de St Phalle. 

About The Heidies

The Heidies’ photographies are built into short stories. No faces visible here but a research around a transformation, a step as natural evolution

 

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Be it two or three dimensional, descriptive, implied or abstract, the use of form, line and shape go beyond mere geometry.

 

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