In con­ver­sa­ti­on with artist Nat­acha Paschal

Natacha Paschal is a painter based in Paris who takes inspiration from fashion magazines and advertising. We asked how she is coping with the current situation and what she is doing while social distancing.

In extra­or­di­na­ry times like the­se, we have made it our mis­si­on to bring dis­trac­tion to ever­yo­ne’s home. Becau­se right now you should find the balan­ce, not only sur­round yourself with nega­ti­vi­ty, and perhaps dis­co­ver new hob­bies for yourself. Abo­ve all, it was important for us to crea­te the pos­si­bi­li­ty to give the neu­bau com­mu­ni­ty a plat­form to come tog­e­ther when ever­y­day life seems too stress­ful. In a small art seri­es, 3 enchan­ting and upri­sing artists have taken the time to incor­po­ra­te our new Côte du Soleil Collec­tion into their work and crea­ted extra­or­di­na­ry pie­ces of art.

One of them is Nat­acha Paschal. Nat­acha Paschal is a pain­ter based in Paris who takes inspi­ra­ti­on from fashion maga­zi­nes and adver­ti­sing. Her Fake Vogue’ illus­tra­ti­ons hint at the dark side of the fashion indus­try. The women she por­trays, don’t live up to tra­di­tio­nal beau­ty stan­dards but are wild and free. Her art shows the real beau­ty in peop­le, without por­tray­ing the typi­cal women in the fashion indus​try​.In her art, Nat­acha loves to use bright colors, espe­cial­ly red tones and one of the cha­rac­te­ris­tics that you will find in almost all her art­works are jui­cy lips on the women she is pic­tu­ring. In a litt­le Inter­view, we asked Nat­acha a few inti­ma­te ques­ti­ons that we don’t want to with­hold from you.

Sin­ce it is a spe­cial time at the moment. What are your tips to get dis­trac­ted during this spe­cial” time? What do you do while social distancing?

The­re is a very hea­vy fee­ling of Iso­la­ti­on over here in Paris but during tho­se spe­cial times I have been doing a lot of Kun­da­li­ni Yoga and medi­ta­ti­on and enjoy­ed the clo­seness with mys­elf, try­ing to go deeper in me and found out the­re is so much to dis­co­ver in our­sel­ves when you can’t dis­co­ver the out­side world! I’ve also been working a lot, this part did­n’t chan­ge for me as I am used to working from home.

What is your big­gest inspi­ra­ti­on? What was your big­gest inspi­ra­ti­on when you started? 

My big­gest inspi­ra­ti­ons are women and the repre­sen­ta­ti­on of women in media and socie­ty. I’ve always been attrac­ted by main­stream cul­tu­re ico­no­gra­phy and the impact it has on peop­le. More glo­bal­ly my work is about mind con­trol and at what point we are being told what to do, even when we think it’s not the case becau­se of the socie­ty thought-forms who are not even ours and their imprint in our subconscious.

Which comments do you hear the most, when you tell peop­le that you are an artist?

Peop­le love artists! They are always so nice and exci­ted about it! It’s a nice ice brea­ker and a good way to start a con­ver­sa­ti­on, they want to know more about it, see pic­tures of the pie­ces I do and want to know what inspi­res me. And most of the time they tell me that they have no artis­tic or crea­ti­ve talent, whe­re­as I think it’s the oppo­si­te and we are all artists, crea­ti­vi­ty is part of being human, you just have to get in touch with it and find out your spe­cial thing!

What is art for you?

Vast ques­ti­on. For me art is about hones­ty, ever­ything can be art from the moment it comes sin­ce­rely from you, no mat­ter how it loo­ks, the beau­ty or ugli­ness, the shape, or the medi­um. I love l’art naïf” and child­ren drawing becau­se of that, doing without won­de­ring, but for the neces­si­ty of it.

Do you have tips to inte­gra­te sus­tainab­le pie­ces into your work?

In my work, I’m all about big bran­ding, logo and con­su­mer socie­ty, the fashion indus­try is one of the worst things for the pla­net pol­lu­ti­on and I like to insist on the ridi­cu­lous and sad­ness of having to wear some things to feel valid”, whe­re­as in my per­so­nal life I’m being very con­scious and care­ful of what I buy, eat and con­su­me. It’s been more than 2 years that I stop­ped buy­ing fast fashion and pre­fer to invest in some caring desi­gner brand even if it means I have to buy less.

If you had to choo­se 3 colors to paint with for the rest of your life, which would you choose?

Pink, green, black.

Would you rather have din­ner with Bob Ross or Pablo Picasso?

Pablo Picas­so! The guy is doing just one line and it’s beau­ti­ful, I will never get tired of his work and the Pablo Picas­so muse­um in Paris is one of my favorite.

hat are your tips for an art new­bie to get star­ted and how would you recom­mend pro­mo­ting your art? Which chan­nels are you using?

My tips would be to go after your visi­on, doing what you like, and gives you ener­gy and not losing time try­ing to do what peop­le expect or want to see. It’s so important to have fun and I think you can see it on the result. Also brea­the and just go, let your hands to their things! To pro­mo­te I love Insta­gram and it is the only Chan­nel I use at the moment, it’s a gre­at way to share your art and dis­co­ver others one!

Find Nat­acha on Insta­gram: @natachapaschal

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