Caroline Derveaux

 

MA Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art and Design 2013-14 

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What is your work currently about?

My work consists mainly of geometric shapes and pastel colours, and focuses on childhood memories. I have an obsession with the distant past and use certain colours which to me are childhood distilled.

What does womanhood mean to you?

Womanhood is baring the world.

What are your view on Feminisms?

Caitlin Moran’s feminist test in How to be a woman, 2011 is:

“Put your hand in your pants.

a) Do you have a vagina? and

b) Do you want to be in charge of it?

If you said ‘yes’ to both, then congratulations! You’re a feminist.”

Feminism is nothing more, nothing less: it is just about being in charge of yourself and not letting people telling you who you should be.

How do your experiences as a woman influence your art?

My own experiences influence my art, not the fact that I’m a woman.

What has been your experience as a woman in university?

During my masters, I was working on a long series of sculptures representing my stomach, The Belly Project, and it shocked me how much people would interpret the sculpture as an ode to

sensuality, beauty; where the work considered the female physicality of pre-motherhood, birth and women’s power and weaknesses.

It made me think of how much we’ve been conditioned to look at the female form though a male gaze – even in museums.

What piece of advice would you give to women planning on entering the creative industries?

Work as hard as you can, be the woman you want to be. Don’t hope for someone to believe in you first, it’s your job to lead the way.

 

Us (2015) is a series of three combining painting and digital illustration. Us is a political piece made shortly after the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris, January 2015.

Although the intentions of the artists were similar – the need of expelling political and societal issues – the subjects are proper to each artist; terrorism for Sonya and feminism for Caroline. A collaboration with Sonya Korshenboym.

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