A moment of reflection. We are always curious about the creative process of artists. How did they get to this point? We want to dive into the mind of the creators. The result: ‘Creative Process’, a column featuring artists who offer us an insight into their creative process. In this episode, we talk with Philippe Halaburda.
Location: Meaux, France
Inspired by: JM Basquiat, Picasso, Klee, Kandinsky
Unique fact: Painted on the back of a cereal box (his breakfast at this time) for $900.
Future dream: Making huge interactive and interconnected art installations or murals in a specific place with the intervention of the audience.
SHC: Describe your art in one sentence?
Phillipe: I create abstract psychogeographic mapping & imaginary interconnections between the human and the non-human.
SHC: Has your workflow changed over time?
Phillipe: From figurative at the beginning, my art gradually turned totally abstract over the years, but I kept the same type of strokes all these years.
SHC: How can we see this when we compare your past and current work?
Phillipe: At the beginning, characters were entities, then bodies start to disappear, with only their faces being visible. Finally, also, the faces disappear. This all happened during 15 years of making art.
SHC: Does that mean you have improved?
Phillipe: Yes, in a way that I had conceptualized my theme. An abstract approach opened infinite possibilities in my art. It was as if I entered the inside of human nature, coming from the outside.
SHC: Name one specific event that has changed you as an artist.
Phillipe: I think the COVID-19 pandemic is the beginning of a change for me. The whole world has been in quarantine for a long time, which will probably never happen again.