11 March 2014

An interview with Rosemarie Auberson,
an artist and illustrator based in Paris


+ a brief biography
I was born in Switzerland, between the mountains and the lake, in Lausanne. I am half
Swiss, half Japanese. I came to Paris to study art & design and I stayed here.

+ could you tell us about your work?
I share my work between commissioned work (illustration, art direction, graphic design)
and my personal work (more abstract collages).

+what inspires your work?
Everything, books, exhibitions, nature… Cy Twombly, Ellsworth Kelly, Suzan Frecon,
Pierrette Bloch, Hans Arp, Sonia Delaunay, Richard Tuttle, etc.

+could you describe your typical day?
I don’t have a daily routine, each day can be different depending on what I have to do. The
only routine is the kids: I start the day by bringing them to school and I pick them at the end
of the day. For the moment I have a studio where I go to work, but for a long time I worked
at home and I really loved that. I like that my work and my daily life are all mixed together.

+ favorite spots in paris?
Ofr, the best bookstore, le Bal café, a very good and friendly restaurant and a good
bookstore about photography too, Toraya, a japanese tea room, for a matcha in a very
seventies vibes, Téléscope café and Kunitoraya (japanese restaurant), both are rue de
Villedo, les Tuileries is my favorite garden, l’île de la Cité with Berthillon ice cream,
Centre Pompidou, Montmartre avoiding the touristic streets.

+ favorite magazines/books
World of Interior is one of my favourite magazine. Six, the magazine created by Comme des
Garçons in the nineties, the very old issues of L’OEil during the sixties until the seventies.
Recently my favourite book is A Flower with Love by Bruno Munari.
I love to read the writers diaries (Susan Sontag, Truman Capote…) and I just finished Play
it as it Lays and some chronicles about America, L’Amérique 1965-1990, both by Joan
Didion (we are discovering her work in France very recently). Now I am reading A brief
History of New Music by Hans Ulrich Obrist.

+favorite music
I always prefer the old ones, Brian Eno, Nick Drake, Syd Barret, Talking Heads, classical
with Bach… These days, I am listening to the beautiful Sibylle Baier’s Color Green and
Ariel Pink (completely different).

thank you, rosemarie!


valeda said...

love rosemarie's work. lovely interview and nice new layout, renee :) x v

R.G. said...

thanks so much, v! hope to see you sometime soon.

alexa said...

Such a wonderful interview. Thank you Renee and Rosemarie—truly inspiring!