Mixing passion with brushes, Inès Longevial will welcome the new year with a new exhibition titled 'Before the sun sinks low'. From 19 to 29 January, the young French painter will show her work at the Grandes Serres de Pantin in Paris. Her work tends to focus on the aesthetic interplay between different colour palettes. The focus of her latest exhibition centres on sunlight, and its role in creating shades that tether to her emotions. Longevial spoke to us about the instinctively developing role that colour plays in our society, stretching the attention span of her viewers, and how she emotively relates to the fall of Star Wars' Anakin Skywalker.
Is there a specific set of emotions that you are looking to convey in this exhibition or is your focus more on creating artwork that is fundamentally evocative? Above all, what do you hope visitors will take away from the exhibition?
As I said earlier, projecting myself a few decades into the future helps me to know what I really want, and in this case, I would like my work to be able to captivate a generation, to capture an important moment so that it remains in time and necessarily that its form is timeless. But for the time being, I would especially like no one to leave indifferent, I would prefer that one be hated, or disturbed, rather than be indifferent. I want visitors to be affected, and that the work is in their thoughts when they leave.
I should also say that I prefer passions to big explanations - passions are not always explained with words.
Given the persistent issues surrounding the pandemic, is part of your intention with this exhibition to offer a hopeful experience? Furthermore, would you say that you're an optimist?
I hope to give spaces for hope, strength, desire, escape, fantasy, and invention. I want to go as close as possible to the sun without burning my wings.
I often think of Anakin Skywalker-the moment where he sank touched me as a teenager. I have a lot of tenderness for the repentant bad guys, or the good guys who can't help sinking.