Q + A: Christelle Hug


How would you describe your art?

I explore perceptions of reality through two styles of art making: detailed graphite drawings and semi-abstract paintings. My work depicts the possibility of an alternate reality created by thought. I develop and refine specific visual elements such as line, colour and shape to create a poetic reconstruction and simplified essence of the original subject, ultimately shifting its contextual meaning.

When do you feel most creative?

I feel most creative when I push myself out of my comfort zone. Taking on a challenge pushes my art practice to the next level and provides an anxious yet excited emotion which I find stimulates my creativity. Art involves taking risks so I feel that we are most creative when we step into the unknown and experiment with new ideas.

What do you aim to achieve through your art?

I distort how we see the world by using vibrant and bold colours to stimulate the emotions of the observer, exploring the idea that if our emotions create our reality then perhaps a change in emotion can create a shift in how we experience reality. The aim of my work is to shift the perception of my audience by disrupting the way they view reality. I want them to experience a unique interpretation of the world they see and view Sydney from a new perspective.

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