Exclusive Interview: Savannah Du Quercy- French Visual Artist

Savannah du Quercy is a French visual artist living in Dubai and London. She studied performing arts for 4 years in the United Kingdom and has since then embarked on a journey of making art from whatever inspires her. In addition, she is also very passionate about acting and theatre, which she tries to incorporate into her work. Over the last 3 years, she has held several solo exhibitions in Dubai, participated in several group exhibitions and art fairs both across the UAE and abroad. Savannah has also done several commissioned works in private residences.  

What does “being creative” mean to you?

Being creative, to me, is allowing oneself to see things in a different manner, hence using one’s creative imagination as much as one can. I could easily limit myself to painting on canvas and continue to do that for years but I can’t. I’m currently working on 2 new projects which I have never done before and even though it sometimes frightens me I am forcing myself to use that initial creative thought I had to explore it beyond my limits. As artists, whether it be filmmakers, painters or sculptors, witnessing things around us constantly inspire us to elaborate different ideas and being creative is about taking all of these ideas in and exploring them. It’s about taking risks and not being afraid that you may fail. You have nothing to lose in trying something new if anything you have everything to gain.

Can you describe the time when you first realised that creating was something you absolutely had to do?

Creating was something that was always within me from a young age. I used to, always, paint when I was younger assisting to all these very creative workshops as a kid. I was fascinated with things that were colourful but I suppose every kid is!  I only realised this was my right life path when I joined Tring Park School for the Performing Arts in England. It gave me the confidence to explore my creativity, to expand my imagination and allowed me to grow in what soon was to become a true passion. As soon as I started painting I also explored textile, dance, acting, movement, music with some of the most amazing teachers at Tring. This is what made me realise that being involved in the arts was something I wanted to my life.

What kind of creative patterns, routines or rituals do you have?

I don’t really have any patterns or rituals but one thing I always do is write things down. I always have a notebook in my bag and it is helpful wherever I go around and I see something which inspires me or if I have an idea that pops into my head, I make sure I have a record of it. In my studio, my process is very spontaneous. I like to listen to music, look at art, books or photographs I took and let my work take its natural course.

What’s your favourite thing you’ve ever created?

All of my work is very much like a personal diary to me, therefore, I don’t have one that is a favourite. They all represent a moment in time, an emotion or a thought that is a part of me so I can’t choose one, but there are works I have done that I will look back on and think “Oh,  I don’t like the colours or the shape of that…” but I let that go because sometimes I think to leave an artwork the way it is can be enough.

What are you trying to communicate with your art?

I want to communicate the human experience through my work. What we all go through but sometimes don’t like to face because it’s hard. From emotions such as loss, love, joy or pain, my aim is to share my stories in the hope to inspire others and make them feel something. I am also a huge fan of recycling and I use a lot of repurposed materials and objects such as wood, fabrics, glass, metal and dried mod rock as a means of introducing the viewer to the idea that recycled materials can be the beginning of any artistic creation.

Which creative medium would you love to pursue but haven’t yet?

I have always loved fashion and furniture because of how it can make one feel. Coming home to a place which makes you feel great and clothes that show who you are. 2017 is about new projects and I am currently working on two which I’m extremely excited about which involve textile and the other is wood as well as other materials.

 

What’s the best advice you ever had about how to be more creative?

Don’t give up on your dreams and keep working even if you think it’s terrible to work. You may have another job and not have much time to do any of your artistic endeavours but dedicate some time to it every day if you can. It is so important! Also, don’t compare yourself to others. Our generation is filled with that but focus on you and your personal development and your very own story.

Fun facts?

I love travelling, enjoy trying different cuisines, Earl Grey tea, photography, animals and learning different languages.

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