When it came to her artistic calling, Anouk Desloges didn’t have much choice. “Working with textile as a medium has never been a conscious choice,” she admitted in an interview with Textile Artist. “Rather, it was imposed on me at a very young age.”
Born in a textile factory in Québec, Canada to parents who were garment manufacturers, Desloges’ artwork revolves around textiles; her artistic methods including embroidery, stitch, and mixed media. “Experimenting with thread and making knotted bracelets has always been my favorite thing to do,” she recalled. “It has followed me until today. Whether it is by working with thread or by representing its knots in my embroidered pieces, its lines are always present.”
Trained originally as a sculptor, Desloges uses different materials at hand – supporting her embroidery pieces, for instance, with plastic and metal – as a way of reconsidering the definition of two and three-dimensional compositions. The end result – a hybrid of textile and sculpture – presents symbolic allegories and literary allusions.
And when it comes to the process itself, she lets the materials lead the way. “The original idea succumbs to the act of materialization, yet prior to the end, the idea is investigated, deepened and deconstructed throughout the evolving phases,” she says.