We had the good fortune of connecting with Emilie Duval and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Emilie, what inspires you?
When I create a painting, an installation or a video, I am inspired by the complexity of our societies and how they are shaping the future. I work on theoretical concepts defined by research and observation nurtured by current news, philosophy and socio-economical thinking.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I have a unique way to decrypt the future of society. When I present my paintings in detail, often people ask me why I do not write a book about my theories. I answer that my artworks are like the cover of a book that will introduce them to a new form of exploring the world. Things should not be apprehended in two dimensions but must be expanded into multiple layers of knowledge. I get excited when I can share and teach something new to others. Having a strong futuristic view of unorthodox ideas can be challenging and requires a strong devotion. The most valuable lesson is that you should never give up your vision to be compliant. I want people who see and listen to me (I created videos presenting my paintings in details) to know that even if my vision might seem avant-garde today, it will make sense in the future.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would recommend having a walk around the Museum District and visit all the amazing art institutions like the MFAH, CAMH, the Glassel, the Menil collection where you will have a delicious meal and so much more. Another day can be dedicated to walk around Hermann Park. See the Bayou, visit Rice University and the Moody Gallery, go to the Station Museum and have a drink while listening to music at Axelrad. You can spend a day hanging out in the Heights, have lunch on 19th street and walk along the beautiful streets in the Heights. Also, Houston has many wonderful private art galleries all over town. You can find them in the museum district, in the Kirby area and in Montrose. Come, hang out at Heidi Vaughan Fine Art in the Kirby area! She will welcome you with her amazing hospitality and beautiful art exhibitions.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to dedicate this shoutout to all the people I met during the course of my life and currently to the gallery owners who support my complex vision of society. Heidi Vaughan in Houston and Patrick Mikhail in Montreal.