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Charlotte is a 24 year old videographer, artist and blogger. She lives in Paris, France.
DS: How did you hear about Dailysingle ? What are you expecting from being on the front page ? 
C: I heard about Dailysingle through my brother who sent me the link on Facebook.
DS: What are the most memorable years of you life and what happened to make them so memorable ? 
C: I'll say the 5 past years have been crowded with crazy experiences, such as an MTV broadcast show on Graphic Design I did in New York in 2008, then I graduated from ESAG Penninghen Majoring in Art Direction and Graphic Design in 2009. And since then I have been able to work as a freelance video maker so I can perform in my own work. I also did a road-trip on road 66 with a friend which leads us to an exhibition of the "road-trip video" made with the sculptures that came out of it. Last memorable moment was my first contemporary art exhibition for the video "Apparence" during the Fiav in 2010.
DS: Where were you born and where do you live now ?
C: I was born and I am still leaving in Paris. However, exhibitions, festivals and photography leads me to travel a lot, but I guess I like this city more than I admit. It's true that places like London, Berlin or New-York are so much more open-minded and "underground" than Paris is. Still, contemporary art and culture are exciting and always full of Ressource in Paris. 
DS: How would you best describe yourself ? 
C: I would say I'm obsessed with themes of society linked to my video art, such as contemporary Vanitas, society of appearances, subculture and feminism. And every day my choices are dictated by my passion. I like it and that's my way of enjoying each day the most I can.. My own "carpe diem".
DS: What are the must-haves in you daily wardrobe ?
C: I never take off my "Vanitas" necklace and my two small skull rings. You will never see me without high heels either.
DS: Who do people tell you you look like ? 
C: When I had my dark hair I kind  of looked like Morticia in The Addams Family which i took as a huge compliment as far as I am fan of this movie.
DS: What is the compliment you most frequently get ? 
C: The compliment that one makes me the most ? I would say my desire and motivation, and how I deconstruct to rebuild to try to create.
DS: How did you end-up being a videographer and artist ? 
C: I always felt I would do an artistic work and I ended up getting a Graphic Design degree without really knowing what kind of job it would lead me to. My father is an art collector and I guess it's influenced me a lot as well. For my graduation project I wanted to talk about my obsession : contemporary Vanitas referring to Flemmish paintings, why there are so many skulls  in our contemporary society, how come modern and contemporary art have been the most important in art history to represent skulls since Renaissance. I wanted to do it with the contemporary ephemeral media that is video mixed with the most traditional and resistant material that is ceramics. It lead me to my specialty which is animating sculptures in stop motion videos. My obsession with time passing and the approach of artists like Roman Opalka led me to create my blog as a diary of my art, my travels, influences, trends over the time.
DS: Can you tell us more about your job ? 
C: As a freelancer my work is very wide. I chose to stay freelance to determine the type of project I wanted to do, to work alone and be able to change of fiels regularly. I mainly do stop motion videos from sculptures in different materials. These projects follow the themes that I chose to approach and are often personal and philosophical. I am very attached to the concept, meaning and text. Besides I have also a lot of design projects, such as illustrations, ceramics, and book layouts. I need to switch projects often. It's like breathing : first I breathe out personal projects, then I take some time on projects where I inspire that are less focused on myself and leave me time to find new inspiration. Managing my time as I want allows me to continue to attend trainings to learn new techniques to make my work evolve constantly. For example, I recently took theater courses at cours Florent to be prepared to do art performance one day.
DS: Let's talk more about you and your tastes. Any hobbies ? What do you like to do in your free time ? Anything you like to recommend ? 
C: Again, all my hobbies are related to what I do. I like going to a museum, theater, concerts, cinema, traveling, reading.. I am a little hyperactive :) My trips are my times off, but again, they must be filed with art and photography. I have a special camera for times off : it's a Lomography Diana F+ that I recommend to try for easy taken orignal pictures.
DS: What is a typical week for Charlotte ?
C: Well, that's the problem with working in your own workshop.. I try to keep a "traditional" agenda, not working too late during the nights or week-ends and waking-up early. But the truth is I don't really have a planning and I end up working nights and days when I have too much work then not doing anything during a few days. But lately I did try to keep a normal work timing so I can socialize a bit more. 


        
DS: Some quick questions : What is the first thing you do in the morning ?
C: It depends on the mood in which I wake up, to put loud music, record my dreams..
DS: What is your favorite word ? 
C: Vanitas
DS: What is your favorite quotation ? Or your own for posterity.. 
C: "Eternals passes-by of our beingness, there is no voyage but within ourselves. We own nothing, because we do not own ourselves. We have nothing because we are nothing." Fernando Pessoa
DS: What is your favorite "drug"? 
C: Read notes from Louise Bourgeois "deconstruction, reconstruction", it reassures me.
DS: What magic powder would you like to have if you could choose one ? 
C: A potion that could make myself invisible so I can observe people without being seen, a way to analyze the society without its appearances.
DS: If not yourself, who would you be ?  
C: I would like to be Matthew Barney, his art work are sculptural installations combined with performance and video. It's one of the most imaginative and brillant achievements in the history of avant-garde cinema.
DS: What is in the store for you ? Any projects for the next months ? Anything you want to share ? Can our readers help you with anything ? 
C: As I am still working on the next projects coming up and I am very superstitious with works that are not finished yet, I invite you to follow my blog Chavanitas to hear about my actuality.
DS: Anything you want to add to close this interview ? 
C: Vanitas vanitatum, omnia Chavanitas.
DS: Thank you Charlotte. 
 C: A bientôt.