"Once I finished Arlequine, I wanted to continue sculpting using the textures I had created because I enjoyed the work", says Emmanuel Malin of his Arlequine Variation. "So I pushed on, further tinkering with my Photoshop layers and introducing imagery of leather head masks from South-East Asia. These have fascinated me for a long time now and I was happy to exorcise part of that obsession with this piece", laughs Malin. The obsession has not entirely been squelched though, as masks still play a big part in Emmanuel Malins work.
"I work fairly instinctively", says Parisian artist Emmanuel Bastid (Malin is his artist handle) about his work process. "With each new work or each new commission I try to capture the invisible and try to create several layers of interpretation in an image. The artworks really only find their final form while I work on them.
I like images that allow me to tell my own story, wherein - while working on them - visual clues appear that assist my storytelling. I hope that that feeling of exploration transcends to the person that looks at the images. I try to be chatty in my work also and to give things substance by mixing figurative and abstract elements and big gestures with delicate refinements."