How would you describe yourself in five words?

Multi-disciplinary artist and lover.

What's the most challenging piece you've ever created?

Last year, I released a multimedia project centred around the ever-changing moon. It was just so much content to get together. I built a website that worked a bit like an advent calendar, following a moon cycle and revealing a piece of work for each phase. It involved music, dance, painting, photography and video art. You can see it here.

Clémentine Blue

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Clémentine Blue

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If you were in a band, what kind of music would you play?

I am a band. I try to weave field recordings and traditional instruments textures around pop songs, under the name Tiger Lion. An EP is coming out in April and there's a video out for new track 'Beyond The Mountains'. We filmed a contemporary dancer in an empty Olympic pool, and he is filling the space with moves, creating his own water fluid.

When was the last time you tried something new?

Recently I tried to buy plane tickets to Japan and it worked. I guess I have a million new things ahead when I go. I also started wearing trainers, and it's going alright.

What's the most provocative piece you've ever created?

The photography series "Treasures" is provocative to media like Facebook and Instagram. It's a playful response to the censorship of nude photography. A lot of artists that I like end up having to put diamonds or stars in front of genitals, I'm just wondering if Instagram would censor this real prism emoji with pubic hair around it.

Clémentine Blue

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If a movie was made about your life, what actor/actress would play you and what would the film be called?

It would be called Out Of the Black / Into the Blue and would be focused on my obsession for Neil Young.

What are the top two compliments you hear from people about yourself?

I'm very grateful for compliments. A lot of people are super embarrassed. I like receiving compliments with the same warmth people are addressing them to me. Any compliments. Except "you're really fast on the bass for a girl".

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What inspires you?

My parents. The place where I grew up, an old manor in the countryside with just a fireplace and a stove to keep us warm in the winter. My loves, muses, breakups. The landscapes of a body. Artists with souls, textures, colours, emotions. Turner, Yves Klein, Olafur Eliasson, and Soulage.

What is your most valuable skill?

Video editing pays well. No, seriously, I think I can easily let myself dive into an idea and push it until it's finished. Also, I'm not scared of trying new mediums.

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What's the best piece you've ever created?

I've just finalised a visual book to go with the songs I'm releasing in March. I think an object like a book is more interesting than a CD. It's a collection of analogue photography, collages, painting on photographs, polaroids, around the theme of mountains. Maybe that's the best piece, until my next work?

Any advice for new artists?

I think it's good to have fun making art. It's like playing a game, trying new tools, new toys, re-defining yourself through this.

Clémentine Blue

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What is a movie moment that completely transformed you?

The whole cinematography of In The Mood For Love, Wong Kar-Wai.

What do you consider to be the highlight of your life?

Ten years ago when I was riding my pony three times a week. Or maybe when I moved to Brighton in 2012 and started writing music?

Clémentine Blue

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Clémentine Blue

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What makes you smile?

Currently I'm reading a book by Amélie Nothomb called Ni d'Eve ni d'Adam and it makes me smile a lot.

Lastly, what are you currently working on?

I am preparing a trip to Japan in May. I am writing songs about how I imagine this country, researching about Japanese artists and traditional music. Maybe all this will turn into an album. I also would like to gather material for an immersive installation including field recordings and experimental videos around the theme of body / landscapes.


You can view more of Clémentine Blue's art-baed work by heading to her official website. To hear more of her music as Tiger Lion, head here.