Malika Favre is a French artist whose bold, minimal style – often described as Pop Art meets OpArt – is a surprising lesson in the use of positive and negative in terms of space and colour. Her clients include: The New Yorker, Vogue, BAFTA, Sephora and Penguin Books.
Every two months, BASE houses an artist selected by Illustri, an association that brings together established and up-and-coming artists. The artists spend a week with us, staying at casaBASE, working in the burò, BASE’s project house, and getting involved in life at BASE and the initiatives underway. The creative output of the residency then becomes the poster for the BASE magazine.
MALIKA FAVRE’S WUNDER KIT
We asked Malika to introduce herself and tell us about her creative inspirations with the help of a few personal possessions. Check out the full interview.
The first item is a passport. I have a nomadic nature. When I get too comfortable, in a place or a frame of mind, I pack my bags and take off for a change of scene. For me, travelling is the best antidote to the comfort zone: being in a new place, where I don’t speak the language, don’t know my way around and am not familiar with the flavours, forces me to figure stuff out differently and discover new things about myself.
I’m not a big collector of possessions, but I’ve brought my lucky charm with me: 4 pieces of Lego – yellow and red – which were given to me with the challenge to make a duck. You have no idea how many duck shapes you can get out of 4 bricks: they’ll always be minimal, but every time it’s a creative game that makes you reconsider what you thought you were capable of.
The last object that comes with me everywhere is the block of Pantone colour charts. Anyone who doesn’t have a creative job might look at it and wonder if you really need all those different blues. I actually wish there were even more shades. Picking out colours is my reward when I finish a job: I take hours looking for the perfect hues to give that crucial touch that means the message comes across.