Five questions to Delphine Lamarque

Five questions to Delphine Lamarque

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Delphine Lamarque is a French textile artist born in Bordeaux who lives and works in Hossegor in south-west France. She studied fashion design at Paris Studio Berçot. How long have you been making art and what are your favorite motifs?

One day I unfolded a tent canvas that belonged to my parents in the 70's. It lay on the ground in such a way that the graphic elements of the canvas formed a perfect composition. I hadn't seen colors like that since I was a child. The next day, I built a wooden frame and that's where it all began.

When you create a new work, how do you proceed? What comes first? 

I hunt for these vintage tent fabrics, wash them, unstitch them and let myself be guided by their details and compositions. If I need to let my emotions speak, I go abstract and imagine then that this is the gateway to my more figurative narratives that represent childhood memories, the 'nest', as a symbol of protection. So I sew imaginary, dreamlike houses, huts and landscapes, or I recreate tents with their original dimensions for life-size immersions.From what do you get your motivation? 

My primary motivation is to touch people. To see that they feel nostalgia and joy when they look at my work. Seeing them excited and surprised pushes me to continue in this direction and gives me the strength I need to go even further.Your life without art would be...

Sad I think... with a lot o frustration. Because I create what I can’t put into word. Also I turned 40 this year and I think working on these memories is helping me through my mid-life crisis :)

What's the best art venue in your city right now? 

I live in a very small town so if I want to get my fill of culture and art I drive to the Guggenheim of Bilbao in Spain.Learn more about the artist: