ARTISTIC APPROACH Lauwaart is an artist of Martinican origin who lives and works in Paris. Autodictate since 2017, her artistic practice is centered on traditional and digital pictorial work. Adept at experimenting, she multiplies techniques from watercolor to oil paint, from gouache to charcoal (or pencil?). Lulled by female family figures during her childhood, she questions and reappropriates the stereotypical representations of black women distilled in the history of European art. Her work is impregnated with gender, racial and social issues that she experiences herself. Her mode of expression also draws on her spirituality, nourished by Afro-Caribbean mysticism and her relationship to nature.Privileging the portrait, the artist gives to see black women with proud, fragile, penetrating looks. A wide spectrum that transcends the pre-established image of the Creole woman djok or the hypersexualized black woman. On the occasion of her digital series, Feve, she incorporates for the first time a diapré of fundamental colors, the carmine red, the empire green and the deep black. Symbol of her militant awakening, it will never leave her works. The process of creation is for her a meditative practice where the model is observed under all its lines, asperities and forms. In 2022, she initiated a series of new NFTs entitled "Cosmic Beings". The opportunity for the artist to open her practice to a new format.
The first time I drew on black with white, I made the sketch of Ronny Turiaf. I wanted to experiment with drawing and painting white on black. This practice is rooted in my relationship with light, which for me embodies a divine and mystical force. To have to concentrate on the light to make a face appear with its features, its details, its relief has for me something at the same time mystical and appeasing. Symbolically, to make a face appear in or on the dark is to light a star, it is to fill a cosmic void, it is to intentionally redirect the light, it is to choose to concentrate on clarity, while dealing with the shadows. It is an expression of the duality inherent in all things. I feel hopeful and positive when I work with this process.