Who is Marie Baudet? Where are you from? Where do you live now? How did you become the woman you are today?
I come from La Rochelle, a harbour city located into the South West of France and for 15 years, I live in Paris. I'm a film school graduate and I also studied graphics at the Gobelins.
What is the message you're sending into the universe with your work? Why do you feel so strongly about said message?
I don't think I'm sending a message to the universe or if it's the case, it's not conscious. I just want to be the most sincere I can stay coherent with what I am, to keep a special protected place in my life which I thrive on, a parallel universe where the rules are fixed by me. Well, I guess the secret aim is to be understood, like everybody :-)
Tell us a little bit about what drew you to your medium. Did you choose to work with said medium or did it choose you?
I've always drawn. During my childhood, I spent a lot of time with my Grandmother who taught me how to draw. I remember all these afternoons reproducing cover girls from magazines. I never stopped drawing after that, it was very simple for my parents to give me a piece of paper and a pen to channel my energy. So, I was able to draw everywhere, even seated in the back of my parents' camping-car during the long holidays. 2 years ago, I rediscovered painting, which is so soothing. Filling the emptiness with colors has a big effect on me, I like gliding over the canvas with my brushes. It clears the mind, I forget myself doing this, lose my inhibitions, anyway, a kind of not costly therapy! Currently, I use acrylics, but I guess I'm going to move to oil soon. I also appreciate using alcohol-based ink markers.
Do you remember the exact moment you decided you wanted to become an Artist? If so how did you reach the level of success you have today?
I was embarrassed with my wishes, I felt ashamed not to succeed to live peacefully without expectations. Finally, I decided to assume them just after having my child, 2 years ago. I had a kind of flash, sudden and quite painful at first: life has to be played, not just in mind, and if I want something, why not try to get it? "Go for it" as they say. Even if it's not as perfect as in my dreams, the taste of achievement is still good.
How do you stay motivated? What does your daily routine look like?
I stay motivated without effort for now. I lack time to make all my ideas take shape, so, most of the time, I'm itching to draw something I've had in mind for a long time and from which I want to free myself.
Give us three of your favorite/ most inspiring things right now. Could be a book, a food, a destination, a song, a person, etc.
I look at a lot of movies, with a special crush for the great French filmmakers of 70's and 80's. I read a lot of comics. It's difficult to speak about inspirations because there are everywhere and so different. For example, I spent the last week observing the sculptures of Auguste Rodin & Camille Claudel and listening to the correspondence between Albert Camus & Maria Casarès, which is a quite class to say. But if you have asked me this same question one month before, I could have answered you that I spent my summer listening saucy songs of Pierre Vassiliu (which are great by the way). Music is a big source of inspiration for me because it accompanied me during the long hours of painting. It so much important that I like to do some mixtapes of what I'm listening and I publish them on my website.
What are your future plans for your work? Where do you see yourself going 1,3,5 years from now and how do you plan to get there?
I don't know how I see me going 1. 3. 5 years from now, It's terrible, I've never been able to project myself. I think my parents are responsible for this ;) But I know in 2 months, at the end of November I'm having an exhibition at the Galerie La Superette in Paris, I look forward of this.
What's the best advice you've ever been given?
When I started, a friend of mine advised me to fix for myself a rational goal, and a rational deadline, to achieve it. Then, to fix the next. It's evident but I still think of this advice often and it helps me to impose some discipline.
To learn more about Marie and her work please visit www.hyperbaudet.com