If you offer yourself up as the hands to make the work,
the relationship you form with what you
communicate with has its own voice.
~ Louise Despont
An artist who lives and works in both New York City and Bali, Louise Despont collects images—often intricate work that, she says, "vibrates for you": geometrics, mandalas, Tantric drawings, maps, textile patterns, beehives, masks. Drawing on her vast image library, she's inspired to create "what hums". The tools of her trade are compasses, stencils, rulers, colored pencils, gold leaf, and antique ledger paper.
Watch and listen as Despont describes what inspires her and how she works:
Louise Despont According to the Universe | ART21 "New York Close Up" from ART21 on Vimeo.
In April and May of 2015, Despont celebrated her fourth show at Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, the solo exhibition "Harmonic Tremor", a series of exquisite drawings that explore "the spiritual and energetic spaces" waiting to be uncovered in Balinese customs and traditions. She will exhibit next year at The Drawing Center in Manhattan; "Louise Despont: Energy Scaffolds and Information Architecture", which includes a site-specific installation as well as large, meticulous drawings, opens January 21 and runs through March 20, 2016.
Louise Despont on Tumblr and Instagram
Louise Despont at Art 21, Galerie Isa, and Nicelle Beauchene Gallery
See a slideshow in Architectural Digest and Juxtapoz magazine.