Interview with Lola Dupre and works
Text by Pirita Litmanen
In the articles I’ve read about you during the years, you are always based in a different city. Where are you based now?
We are actually in the middle of travelling at the moment, we drove here to Glasgow about one week ago. And we are going to Ireland in a few days. Not sure where we will be staying, either Cork city, Limerick or Galway. It can be a little nerve-racking, but it is also very rewarding.
How does the space around you affect your work?
It has a massive effect I think, I always think it is amazing how much people, architecture and the local fauna can change just by moving a few hundred miles. It can be a shame to move away from the friends and contacts you make, but the change of scenery can be so inspiring. One thing we have learned is that everywhere has its plus and minus points, one day we hope to find a place where we will stay long term.
You work with your hands, cutting the photographs to pieces and creating a new image by gluing the pieces back together.
If we talk about your personal works, not commissioned, what makes you choose the photograph you work on.
Is it more about the photograph as a piece or the person portrayed?
You are right, I cut photos up and rearrange the pieces by hand,
usually multiple copies of the same image. When I am looking for an image to work with the requirements change almost with every piece of work.
So I think this is impossible to answer, I try to keep myself open to new things and new types of images. There are so many little things to consider with each piece of work that I do not think I have really found a pattern yet.
Do you ever combine many images or you only work on using one image?
Usually I manipulate just one image, but recently I have started to combine two or more together. I think in the coming years I will be doing this more often.
Does your personal opinion on the person play a role in choosing the photograph?
If I am doing a portrait of a public figure I try to let their features speak for themselves.
But often for sure I cant help maybe letting a little of my own opinion show through
Have you done self-portraits?
I never have. I actually have no images of myself anywhere public. I feel quite strongly that appearances, nationality, sexuality and also gender should have no importance to how people see my work. I have missed out on some good opportunities as an
artist or illustrator where a portrait image was required,
but I have my choice and I am happy with it
What are the most vital things for your work outside tools and material?
I generally work in the mornings, so good natural light is very important.
And time, I appreciate how fortunate I am to be able to work on my collages full time
Do you think some day you’ll get bored of paper and scissors?
What would you do then?
It’s possible for sure, but I’m very happy with paper and scissors collage.
I’m still discovering new things, and loving it.
I used to work with stop-motion animation and this is still very attractive for me, but I think I will be working with paper and scissors collage for many years to come.
What was the first collage you ever made? Or what is the most
meaningful one for you?
I used to make collage when I was very young, so I do not remember the first piece. And the most meaningful one is always the one I most recently completed. I try to move forward by considering the work I have already made, but I try not to think too much of my older pieces of work, because I want to keep myself flexible and interested in new directions and ideas.
I find your works quite playful. How do you see it yourself? Were you giggling while building Prince Charles’ new nose?
Thank you, I find the process can be quite playful.
And I think I did giggle when making the Prince Charles nose.
But between different works I think my interpretation and motivation can change significantly. For me, I enjoy very much to construct the work but when I can,
I like to leave the interpretation to the viewer.
I like to hear the different interpretations that people will come too,
based I suppose of their own experiences and thoughts.