#AnInterview. Inspired by graphic novels, urban art and classical painting, Raphaëlle Ricol paints a world of images that are a paradoxical mix of violence and tenderness. She agreed to a little chat with KALTBLUT. She’ll be a part of the group show « I am what I am » at the Ici Gallery in Paris, opening on the 8th of February.
KB: In your work, I see a heavy influence from the American contemporary painting: Philip Guston or Cecily Brown for example. Is it a legacy that you embrace? How do you feel about the american painting?
RP: I started to paint around 2000-2001, and then I didn’t know Philip Guston. Years later, I discovered for the first time his painting HEAD AND BOTTLE on an art magazine. I felt something hitting me in the hears. I don’t think that American painting specifically influenced me, but as a child, I read Comics USA a lot, and that had an impact on my memory.
KB: What about French painting?
RP: The French Revolution sparked new ideas and inspired the new generations of French artists like the Avant-Garde, Surrealists and Expressionists because they fought against academic art. It’s hard to untie myself from those art movements. I’m looking for the exit though…
KB: You said that you’re living painting as a clash or a confrontation. Is it still your sentiment?
RP: Yes, always.
KB: Hyper contemporary Pop and Queer culture is very present in your work. Do you think we’re progressing socially or rather going backwards?
RP: Socially speaking… The social question is not for painting. I try to put things in perspective from the society, so not to fall in the trap of appearances and immediacy. Once I’m not working on an automatic mode, I can sometimes grasp new facets that are hidden and free from the system of the one-track thinking.
KB: What is your favorite place to think about a new painting?
RP: In the corner of a bar counter, with an espresso.
KB: What’s the sense of art?
RP: Free will. And also to deconstruct nature. To explore the deconstructed nature and then find the visible in nature.
KB: What did you think about the Leonardo da Vinci which got sold for 450 M€?
RP: The older the wine, the most expensive it gets. If we talk about the work « Salvator Mundi », I think that the figure of Jesus is very feminized because of his golden locks. Leonardo da Vinci observed and studied the movements of water and waves above the water that are closely linked to the hair of his models in his paintings. It’s a success. The crystal ball, top! Beautiful gesture of the right hand. It’s not the price of the painting that makes it spectacular but the work of Leonardo da Vinci!