By Julia Milet
Studying design textile at Central Saint Martins, Marie Hazard is no ordinary student as also being a highly acclaimed young artist in Paris.
Marie Hazard is tall and impressive, almost intimidating. But her childish face, drawn by a shy smile, erases all the prejudices you might have at first sight.
Marie is 21-years-old, and is already courted by the greatest art buyers in Paris. This contemporary artist paints, knits and weaves. She draws abstract lines and figures by only using natural tools such as flowers or branches. Her paintings are indescribable but yet, breath-taking.
Overall, the artist is living a double-life: “It is not easy to be at the same time a student and a reputed artist” she explains, “the art market is difficult, you have to be constantly on track, being a student is for me a way to escape this world.”
Born in 1994, she spent most of her childhood at Le Havre, in France, until she moved to Paris at the age of 16. Marie grew up in a highly cultural environment: her grandmother was a painter and her parents work as interior designers. They took her twice a month to exhibitions in Paris. With sparkling eyes, she also claimed she used to buy textile in order to design handmade outfits for her dolls.
Childhood was an important period for the young artist because “my art is based on everything I have went through during that time”. But she also had her difficulties.
“I was diagnosed anorexic at the age of fifteen, it lasted five years”. She had to be hospitalised because her disease was compromising her education.
At some point, she told herself “Marie, either you die, either you draw”. She then started to draw thousands of motifs during her hospitalisation. She described the scene by moving her hands furtively, demonstrating how she did not control herself.
It was clear that Art became inevitable in her life. She took advantage from her anorexia by transmitting all her emotions into an art piece: “Drawing became a drug to me.”
One day, while struggling with her disease and studying at ‘L’Atelier de Sèvres’, an art school in Paris, Marie’s mother brought her to an exhibition launch. There she met a gallery owner, Valérie Delaunay. Impressed by the brilliance of her drawings, she published Marie’s art within six months, in April 2014. She sold her paintings for €3,000 and plans a new exhibition next year in Paris. However, she has no contract with the gallery, and Marie describes herself as independent. She believes that you can only count on yourself since, she says, the art environment is superficial and ephemeral.
According to the artist, Art has nothing to do with money, it is a way of communication. For now, her life’s direction is also something she is happy not to restrict. “The force of an artist is that you can live wherever you want because inspiration is all around us.”