based in Lyon . France
33 years . artist . illustrator

I’m a French independent artist, from the beautiful city of Lyon. After my studies of Graphic Arts, Plastic Arts and Illustration, I worked for tableware porcelain and ceramics for international company based on Italy, Spain, France, and United Arab Emirates. It allows me to work close by a more personal Art and take time to create. Illustration is my first passion. I think I always had a fasciation for this universe and an interest for the Art, the artists, the material, since so far that I remember it. I’m a devourer of Art, of creations, artistic books; it’s an addiction for me...

Beatriz Mutelet por Projeto Curadoria
// Which media do you use to express yourself?

My essential tool, my base in any creation stays my criterion with carbon mine. For colors I use essentially polychromous pencil, and gouache/watercolor in some touches. Ink for the finishes. 
My support is essentially the Arches satiny paper, which gives an aspect particularly interesting for the colors that I use.

Beatriz Mutelet por Projeto Curadoria
// What is your biggest motivation to create? What inspires you?

The motivations are multiple and are most of the time access on a felt, a desire to express something, to digest something or to transmit. Everything is inspiration, all that I can see, all the exchanges, a conversation, a drama... My inspiration really comes of everywhere and from all domains. I observe, I look for, I take time, every object, every creation, the work of an other artist, the nature, everything is source of inspiration, a shape, a nuance, a reflection, a material.

My ideas arise however above all from the sensory, from the vegetable, from every felling or from every emotion. 
I am of sensitive nature and things cross profoundly, thus I tend to withdraw, to protect me, to hibernate sometimes like a bear.

I think that is easier to me to put things on paper, to put forms in the things than the words.

Beatriz Mutelet por Projeto Curadoria
Beatriz Mutelet por Projeto Curadoria
// What is your creative process like?

I don’t think really of having a process of creation. When I need to create, to put an idea on paper, I prepare coffee in large quantities and I begin until complete the project. There is no more notion of time, it’s great, a real escape. But I work drawing every single day.

// What do you do in your daily routine to help maintain creativity?

I try to keep the open spirit, to draw from the fact that the things that surround me have to offer me. I walk, I read, I take time to look at a leaf on a tree which flies from the wind… I think it’s necessary to know how to take time (even if it’s easier to say than to make).

// What are you favorite works or projects that you have done? What the motive?

What’s a difficult question.
 I however have difficulty in being satisfied with a creation because I find that there is always to revise, to improve, to push the idea, the depiction farther. I am never totally satisfied by a creation. Every creation brings me to push farther my research, my interpretation.
 Otherwise I admit that commissions pieces remain the most rewarding pieces because there is as drank the fact of waiting to correspond at best to the wants of a person who believes in your work and who likes it enough to detain one. That’s the most beautiful motivation for me.

// Have you had a decisive moment in your career? How did this influence your trajectory?

I was particularly touched and boosted the first time when I was published; in the magnificent magazine 
"Beautiful Bizarre Magazine", a real motivation for me, just like my very first exhibition, in Italy with the Nero Gallery in Roma for the Chimera exhibition. His kind of thing like your first sell, always influences us because it allows to believe in what we are doing, to doubt a little less and to show that it is possible that we can arrive there.

Beatriz Mutelet por Projeto Curadoria
Beatriz Mutelet por Projeto Curadoria
// Who are your influences, inspirations, or preferred artists? How do they reflect in your own work?

I love so many artists, I have so many inspirations, in so much style and in so much domains. It’s not possible for me to choose. Or tomorrow I shall again to be make a list for you.
 As long the music is also important for me as a painting, or as a design. I love the Art under all its forms, as long as it is raw and as it does mot leave unmoved me. I like that a person can put its guts in something who like it, know or unknown, recognized or deny. I find that the main rest that it has to speak to us, affect us, make us cross an emotion good or bad and not please to the mass.

On the other hand I can say that child, having very open parents to the artistic world, I was able to bathe inside, to see exhibitions, to read books, and to learn... I was lucky to have parents who let me direct me to what I wanted, beautiful inspiration and influence, I think.

But so, I‘ll tell that the first artist who really made me child understand whom I wanted to do Art is Enki Bilal. As for the fact that influences reflected in our Art it adorned me an obvious fact, sometimes unconscious but all that we observe is reflected in our creation that we look for it or not.

Beatriz Mutelet por Projeto Curadoria
Beatriz Mutelet por Projeto Curadoria
// Do you think there still exists a bias in relation to women’s free expression? Do you feel this in your work?

I think that is one of the rare domains on it escapes a little to the prejudices, the differences. I think that it’s maybe a more open world because a world of expression without rules, sexes. Free. The art is lucky enough to base itself above all on the image that it spreads, which it convoys and not on the person who create it at first. So maybe make more messages pass. 
Where it remains for me a real problem, it’s on the female nudity, it’s a pity (created by woman or man, is the same) it’s insane this false decency tends to annoy me strongly. It’s artistic nudity, it’s life, it’s nature. 
I use nudity for my models, and for me it’s essential in my work to create link inside/ outside, the sensualism and the sensory.

Beatriz Mutelet por Projeto Curadoria
Beatriz Mutelet por Projeto Curadoria
// What makes you happy?

The simple things of life makes me happy, take advantage of moments with my family, my sphinx cat and its peachy skin... walk, listen, smell, see... Wind and red wine.

// What tips could you give to other women to help them bring their creations into reality?

Made before any things what you like on art and not for what we expect from you, the way you feel. Not listen to the malicious gossip. Believe a little bit in yourself (so important but so difficult). Listen the constructive criticisms and to dare not to put themselves barriers... and a lot of practice.

// Do you have a new project in the works?

Trough my creation, I try to transmit an emotion, the sensualism of a line, I desire that this creation is made by opposition, disturbing, brought but also delicate and poetic. I want that the body represents a link between an emotion, a thought, a soul and an envelope of flesh, to show several facets and to create a link enters a kind of what is visible and not. 
So I hope to pass on in the future even better this aspect, develop my art, make it more meaning.
 I shall maybe like exploring new supports. 
And, I was lucky enough this year to work with fabulous authors of poetry for their book, for illustrate their book and I particularly liked that. So I shall I can continue in this way, and continue to exploring lot of beautiful things.

Beatriz Mutelet por Projeto Curadoria