Exhibitionists: Antoine Le Seigle

We’re all mesmerized by the ocean. But once you’ve walked away from it, it’s hard to explain exactly why. And then, the second you go back, it all makes sense in this deep yet intangible kind of way. Here at Korduroy, we like to see how artists use that curious inspiration in a variety of ways, because it gets us a little closer to understanding it ourselves. For today, check out these manipulated seascapes from French writer and photographer Antoine Le Siegle. We’re putting him in the Exhibitionists category because he takes photographs and then works with them in PhotoShop to create a new way to look at the sea. He calls this project Home.

1.) Who are your top 3 artistic influencers?

My favorite artistic influencers are Salvador Dali and Thomas Campbell. But the ocean is also one of my main influences. I grew up close to the sea and developed an environmental awareness at a very young age. In ’99, the Erika tanker sank off and caused major a environmental disaster on the coast of France. I was a child and left my board in my garage for months to try cleaning the sea and saving the animals. That has radically changed my point of view. The influence is always here, it’s never been the same. 

2.) Where do you create your art?

For the series Home, I just go to the beach, don’t take music with me, and try to find interesting textures of the sea. For other projects, I work at my desk, despite the fact that I don’t like to stay inside too much.

3.) How much time do you typically spend on each piece?

It takes two days at least, because I always check on what I worked on after I wake up the next day. If it’s not good enough, I can restart for the beginning. Sometimes it can take a week or more.

4.) What mediums do you work in?

For this series Home, I mostly worked photoshop and Illustrator. It depends of the idea. Sometimes I work with wood, broken mirrors, glass…

5.) Do you have any advice for young artists?

Try again, and again. Travel, meet new people, read all the books you can find, surf, feed you brain and keep an open mind.

You can see more of the project here: http://www.behance.net/gallery/Home/5121033, and feel free to get in touch with him on Facebook.

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