Artist Interviews 2021

By Julia Siedenburg

Ador is a fun, fantastical french artist that I knew wanted to know the story behind his little bee/elefant mixed animal street art piece. And then I discovered all his other great work. His unique little work gives me a feeling of happiness.

It brings out the kid in me, the one that loves to look at caricatures that other people were able to create and see with their mind before putting them on paper. The ones that exist to amaze and amuse you. And that is exactly what I hope you feel when you look at his works of art and learn about how they came to be.

What does art mean to you?

I think as humans, we are like improved animals. So we don’t only need to eat, to sleep, to shit, but also to create. Maybe invent an unpublished vision of things.

Some of your images show that there is a clear thought/ message behind it. It tells a more important story than simply showing these amazing creatures. What is a common theme/message that stands behind them?

I try to tell stories, whatever people can see in it. I’m not the master of the message which can be hidden or shown. Painting as a way to express, keep free to see something I didn’t think of before. But making fun about our race makes my day better and better.

How are you reflecting yourself in your work?

I spend all my time looking at the surroundings and when I don’t draw in my cavern looking for ideas, I pick it up in the landscape, as if our society was making gifts.

Describe your process.

More I grow up, more words are efficient when I try to build an idea. I wake up every day waiting for an idea and I go to bed hoping to find an idea. When it comes, I jump and run in my place until I can materialize it. When it’s done, I fill empty and only one thing matter: fill the box.

Are your subjects created in your fantasy?

No idea. I don’t have enough step back on my work. More I search, the more it exists, but without knowing where it goes. I started building a tribe, and I used to add members.

Did you change your style over the years? If so, what was it before? If not, how did you find your style?

I started drawing ugly characters about 18 years ago, spontaneously. I add cousins to the tribe and I retake characters I used before for purposing a fresh staging. Not sure to be willing to be locked up in this style, but I found a way to talk. This kind of way to represent shape is like a language, and it allows me combinations. And the more words we have, the more precise can be the sentence.

Tell us a little about your childhood and growing up? Was art always a part of your life?

I don’t know why I was drawing when I was 3 years old. Almost no one around me was practicing art Maybe I wanted to build a universe to be hidden in. When I was a kid, I was only wise with a piece of paper and a pen.

What motivates you to do your very unique and fun murals?

Tell the story in the public space, have fun and make friends laughing.

What in your opinion can art do for society?

Creativity is the characteristic of human gender, the best way to educate, and maybe the best way to resist.

Who are your inspirations? Any artist or art medium you got inspired to do the art you do now?

Everything alive or dead around me can be an inspiration. I love clown shows, and I love to see bad exhibitions. Many artists for sure, from cinema, classic painting, graffiti are also an inspiration. And thank you so much to them for saving me time.

If you could collaborate with someone, who would it be?

Buster Keaton?

Your pieces sometimes show the same little guy/subject. Which of your recurring pieces/ subjects is your favorite and why?

If the characters I use to represent are like a tribe, I love to show them like in a part of the story. Each piece of story can contribute to a big tale. But it’s still not tidy up yet. I don’t have any favorites, but I have periods.

What is next? What are your plans for the future?

Keep telling stories in different ways. I love to paint but I try to decline the universe I develop with 3D, child books…

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