Materials of Sève Favre

These series are a reflection of the artists’ workflow and the way they use the materials during creating. Artists are surrounded by materials (or in art terminology: media) that help them to create what they have in mind. Real artists know their tools from the inside and outside. It’s these tools that provide the freedom to bring their artistic vision to life, in this episode Sève Favre.

Location: Art studio near Lausanne (Switzerland) at a vineyard and lake region

Expertise: Interactive and participative concepts in real and in virtual art fields

Unique fact: It’s possible to touch and modify specific parts of Sève’s artworks

Favourite art tool: A pair of scissors called Hector

Favourite technique: Mixed media techniques on paper and canvas, particularly pastel chalks


SHC: Can you describe your art in one sentence?

Sève: Interaction (be together), variation (be different), activity (be active) – my name for this experience is «intervariactivity».


SHC: What medium or media do you use?

Sève: I work with traditional media such as paint, canvas, pastels, ink, paper. Paper is essential in my work. However, I need to be able to develop synergies with digital media and social networks. That’s why I create projects that use digital media and that have an extension on social networks.


SHC: Why did yo you choose this type of medium?

Sève: It’s a matter of personal taste. I like to work with something that engages the hand in direct action. The three-dimensional construction work with paper gives me that feeling, as does the use of pastel chalks.


SHC: What did you learn about this material, since you started using it?

Sève: I learned that it was entirely possible to combine the pastels with other techniques to work in layers. Pastel will always bring a particular intensity.


SHC: Can you share an experience and or situation where the medium came into its own?

Sève: It is the sensation of working directly with your hand, the fingers that give the pastel chalks all of their dimensions. There’s a symbiosis.

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