Interview: Trëz Orb

Bio: I’m Trëz Orb, a French artist from Paris. I use various tools of creation: photography, painting, sculpture, video. I studied Art in a French superior school for three years, 2003-2006. Since 2009, I have had the chance to participating in many great exhibitions (in France, the United States, Belgium, Spain) with a lot of amazing artists like HR Giger, Bruce D. Mitchell, Seth Siro Anton, Yoann Penard, Nico [Fracture//Lab], Delphyne V., Paul Toupet, and many more. I’m the co-founder of Design from Catacombs (with Nico [Fracture//Lab]) and of Octopulse (a collective of video artists) .

IFP: What inspires you?

TO: The main inspiration for me is the human being, its defects, his devious mind….My work is a kind of study, a questioning about society that our species has shaped and which collapses more and more. I wonder about Mankind. Body and mind are my fields of analysis. My work exposes my own worldview and the human, as they appear to me. This is a chance for me to find my place among this chaotic structure that I do not understand. Creation is the only way to know who I am.

IFP: How did you become interested in art?

TO: I always drew and tried to capture what I had in mind, how I see the world. It is easier for me to express myself by creating than by speaking. My interest in art came naturally when I saw that other people have chosen creation as language. Painting, sculpture, film, music, literature…creation is a way to tell who we really are, what is really buried within us.

IFP: Why are you interested in dark imagery?

TO: I am not particularly interested in what is dark simply because it’s “dark”. The fact is that the world that I have before my eyes is dark. I feel lost in this society; I do not understand the human being. If the world were less chaotic, my work would also be less chaotic. I simply create what I see. I like a lot of works that can have the tag “dark art”, in painting, literature, music etc. It’s not just because they are dark, but probably because they have more links with my worldview than more “enlighted” works. But, I don’t like only dark things, hehe.

IFP: Why do you use so many different creative techniques (photographs, illustration, sculpture)?

TO: There are many things I want to express by different ways, with different tools, simply because it is necessary for me. Some ideas transcribe better what I have in mind using a technique over another. It depends on my mood, too. Sometimes, I need to paint; sometimes to make photomanipulation or use another tool. I need to continuously experiment, try new things, to open other doors of expression.

IFP: What scares you?

TO: Time and death. I’m afraid of not having sufficient time to accomplish everything I want. Life is very short; there are so many things I’d like to do. When I create, I try to understand: Why do I exist? I hope to have time to go as far as possible on this journey to find answers. I try to enjoy life – and good times, too – with my friends and family. I do not have a good opinion of humans and our society, but I know that I love life. Some friends have died very young and, sometimes, death haunts me. I try to express this fear in my work to combat it (That’s another reason why my work may seem “dark”).

IFP: What is your dream project?

TO: I have a lot of dream projects. Participating in exhibitions with all the artists I admire, to have the chance to work on collaborative projects with them, open an art gallery, make short films with greater financial resources, etc. To generalise, I would say that the art project of my life is to devote my life to creation. Be able to create without constraints of money or time, and fully express what I am and what I feel.

IFP: What are you working on right now?

TO: I’m creating a new photomanipulation for a future exhibition, this creation is called “Péremption“. With the Octopulse collective, I am working on a new experimental short movie titled ‘Infecto Structura’. And I have prepared in parallel my new website and my online store. I rarely do only one thing at a time.

I’m pleased to have the chance to present my works on the Innsmouth Free Press pages, so thank you for this interview.

Find more about Trëz Orb at his website.

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