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Art & Life with Olivia Fougeirol

Today we’d like to introduce you to Olivia Fougeirol.

Olivia, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
A few years after moving to Los Angeles in 1999 from Paris, my feelings towards the city took a 180-degree turn from hate to love. The trigger happened when I looked at my surroundings through the viewfinder of a camera. The people, the landscape, the absence of people, the light, revealed a story within the frame. Engaging with things foreign to me has been partially influenced by my work as a theater actor in Paris. The L.A. landscape offered me a stage with fascinating characters. It feels like an infinite playground.

I’ve also been privileged to travel throughout the country and abroad on feature film and documentary sets with my camera for the past 10 years, working on incredible projects directed by Amy Berg and Bennett Miller.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I’ve been practicing photography for the past 12 years, but I’ve always cooked, made my bed, and stitched for as long as I can recall with a sense of aesthetic and an urge for emotions to be part of it all. I hope that’s what people can take from my work: emotions and storytelling with a sense of both dream and reality. I create my work through portraits of people or landscapes, constantly looking for something that gives and is given to. These moments are all a part of my ongoing search and questioning of desire.

What would you recommend to an artist new to the city, or to art, in terms of meeting and connecting with other artists and creatives?
I love sharing a studio with another artist, Josephine Wister Faure. We exchange thoughts about each others work, art, and life. We push each other, share meals, and speak in French.

Being in a building with so many other artists from all kinds of mediums allows for unique encounters and a sense of community.

Artistic collaborations are a wonderful part of the learning process and I think that’s what more and more people do because it’s clear that in the world that we are living in, we need each other to not get numb and feel alive.

Solitude, which I love, is when I get to dream.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
In addition to my website, I have a studio at Keystone Art Space in Lincoln Heights. The beautiful building has a communal gallery space and 50 artists studios. We open the studios to the public twice a year and do a group show at that time. I also regularly host private studio visits during the week.

I have published two books: ‘David’ about a transient man I photographed at a shelter over a 5 year period and ‘Plateau’ from my on set work. Both books are available at Arcana: Books on the Arts in Culver City or directly through me.

Some of my images from ‘David’ are being published in the upcoming issue of Purple Magazine focused on Los Angeles. I have 2 upcoming shows in Los Angeles in 2019. Instagram is the best way to follow what I’m up to.

Buying prints is also a great way to support my work!

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