Interview by Maya Alshabab.
Lalita Lebbaz: beginnings
An artist of academic origins, the Parisian artist Lalita Lebbaz first started as a doctoral researcher in Art and Cultural Studies before fully devoting herself to painting. Born in Germany and raised in Algiers, she moved to Paris as a student at the age of 22. After studying art and sculpture at the collège Alexandre Dumas, she focused on painting at Sorbonne University.
Lalita’s paintings are predominantly of the impressionistic school, marked by brushes of free color taking over hard lines and contours. She seeks to communicate through her work, while simultaneously keeping the work open enough to be understood by the viewer as they please. This is the reason why she leaves most if not all of her paintings untitled, “I avoid using titles,” she says, “I fear I will constrain the audience’s understanding of what they are looking at. I prefer to let people be free to understand each painting as they wish.”
Emotions and inspiration:
Her work is always produced in series of themed paintings. She explains: “When you produce a series in a work of art, it allows you to follow the development of a specific theme, or idea. But also, there is inspiration which is the motor behind it all. This inspiration tries to find routes to be expressed and exposed, and the series allows it to be exposed in various shapes, methods and facets.” In addition to inspiration, emotion drives her creativity: “Behind inspiration we find emotion, which is the second motor that drives artistic expression. And one cannot go without the other.”
A spiritual journey:
Painting and spirituality go hand in hand for Lebbaz, who finds that creativity can spring from a moment of calm and clarity or other times from confusion and chaos. When she finds inspiration, she often isolates herself for days on end in her atelier. “For me painting is a spiritual search, things can change as we go deeper. But there’s always a connecting line between all my works, that changes in its form but not in its essence.”
Lalita Lebbaz will be showcasing her paintings next at a private exposition in Paris this Spring.